Buried Treasure

I went into our local Thrift Store in search of a used paperback to read. I found “The Witching Hour”, by Anne Rice. The book was so tattered that the little round price sticker read “Free.”  I also found two reference books, each marked $.49. Definitely affordable.
I wandered around the little store, looking for crafting items and found a shelf with remnants of fabric tossed into a plastic bin. Of course I had to look through it! Blankets and quilts were on a different shelf. I saw a glimpse of pink flowers and a scalloped edge, buried under all the other items.

Just as I suspected – a large handmade masterpiece. Sure, it needed repair work and the fabrics were worn. But at IHQ there are a lot of ladies who know how to “date” a quilt, and those that are experienced at resurrecting abused ones.

The price tag shocked me:  $29.44. Thirty. Measly. Bucks.

For THIS!?!:

Lovely and Complicated

Lovely and Complicated

 

Scalloped Edges

Scalloped Edges

The lady (or ladies) who made this gorgeous creation, put a LOT of woman-hours into it. Even a beginner (like myself) can see that.

CenterOfQuiltFromAbove

Long view, of inner border of roses

 

No photo can do it justice. A professional may come very close, but – and I mean a HUGE but, they   just can’t capture the wonderful feel of it against your skin.

I decided that it was a moral imperative for me to take it home and show my fellow quilters at our next meeting. Get expert advice on repairing old quilts.

It’s a little smaller than California King, but larger than a Queen. That means it will be hung on the “back wall”. No one will believe I created this – even if I were dumb enough to try to pass it off as my own.  Our guild members were not born yesterday, ya know.

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