Friday, June 8, 2012

iowa vintage finds & antique flower in pastel!

I've been having such a lovely time with my family in Iowa. I'm here until next Wednesday and then fly back home. I've spent a few of my days with my sisters and Mom going to several antique shops. One of the days my sister and I went to the Amana Colonies which is a German settlement. I was able to find some lovely vintage finds on my little outings that are just the sweetest.

At an antique/quilt shop I found a sweet vintage nursery embroidered quilt!  It is all hand stitched and the detail is so beautiful!    It took my breath away when I saw it!

I showed my mom when I got back and she started to cry as she said it is so similar to what my baby quilt looked like.   I was born in Iran since my dad was working there for Boeing and that was one sentimental thing that got left when they were rushed out when the Shah was over thrown.  So I don't remember my baby quilt.   I feel so blessed to have found this special little quilt! 

It had several large brown stains and was able to work some magic on it.  I used some oxi-clean by putting a scoop full in a small amount of water and then spread it on the stains.  I left it over night and then did it one more time the next morning and laid it in the sun for a couple hours.  I can hardly even see where they were now.  It really was like magic!

One of my favorites parts of the quilt is the binding.  There are the most delicate embroidered accents on a beautiful solid aqua.

At the same shop I found these lovely vintage feedsack squares.  They are in the loveliest reds, aquas and pinks!  The numbers are stitched onto the stack that tells how many squares are in each one.  It makes me wonder what project she had in mind for them.  I'm planning on making some 3/4 inch hexies with them.

Here is one of the antique shops in the Amana Colonies.  They had quite a few antique much fun!!

A sweet vintage book and a couple vintage feedsack rag balls.  I want to make a small rag rug and maybe do strips of the feedsack with strips of a white solid.  Has anyone made one before or know of any good tutorials?

This is another one of my favorite finds...a vintage nursery rhyme brush-n-palette set.  It is in such lovely condition!  There are about 20 pages of nursery stories and only one has been painted on.  I thought I'd scan them and clean them up a bit and offer them as an embroidery set.  :)

I'm always looking for vintage hankies.  I really love these ones.

A pair of crocheted boy and girl pot holders.  Aren't they adorable!!

I have been working on my star hexagon paper pieces here and there too. It is the perfect project since I don't have my sewing machine.  :)

I only have one more to make and then add some diamonds to the sides to square it up.  I can't wait to see it all finished!

Earlier in the week we spent part of the day in Nauvoo.  It is one of my favorite places.  We got there a little later in the day so missed some of the activities I wanted to do so am hoping to go back once more before we leave.

My mom and my little guys in Nauvoo.  

Some sweet fabric has arrived since I've been out of town.  My husband and sil are helping with the shop so these pictures were taken by them.  :)   A few more Sweet Shoppe fabric to add to the ones I already had.

The beautiful Antique Flower in Pastel has finally arrived!  Yippee!  Doesn't it look so lovely!  I can't wait to see it when I get back. 

I hope everyone has had a lovely week and enjoys their week-end!!  Happy Friday, my friends!


  1. Oh fun, Kerri! The quilt and all of the other things you found! So glad you are having a good time.

  2. Beautiful finds and the quilt is darling. My mil made quilts for the kids when they were born and stitched each one. They are treasures. Oh dear I do hope I can keep my mind off that fabric while I finish the Chum Bears...smiles...Renee

  3. So glad you discovered the Amanas.....we love to roam in that area. Fern Hill is a favorite stop of what you got!

  4. Keri,

    I just found your blog and I love it. We seem to be kindred spirits. Thanks for sharing. I'm looking forward to reading more of your adventures and seeing your fine handiwork. Take care.

    Dorothy Prudie

  5. are in my hometown. I was born in Iowa City, my parents were old order Mennonites. I always go to the Amana's when I visit. I haven't gone to Fern Hill though and I think I should since my name is Ferne! Something to do on my next trip. You can always find handmade treasures in a place like that!

  6. Hi Kerri! What beautiful vintage treasures! Love the baby quilt and hankies, so sweet. Looking forward to see what you create with the feed sacks. Wishing you a wonderful weekend! xo Heather

  7. The nursery quilt took my breath away too! Oh wow! I think it's the cutest one I've ever seen! Congrats on finding it! :)
    Erica :)

  8. Beautiful finds, the nursery quilt is amazing. I think my next favorite is the nursery rhyme paint set. Can't wait to see the patterns you create from them!

  9. Keri it looks like you are having a wonderful time. I love the vintage baby quilt you found plus the other treasures. Your diamond blocks are beautiful love the fabrics you are using. Hope you have a wonderful time on the rest of your trip.

  10. hi kerri! those are some amazing finds! love those little fabric pretty! and that quilt is darling! i have to laugh because on our way home from spokane this weekend we stopped at our favorite antique place and i also found a vintage quilt. ava found a vintage raggedy anne doll....she spotted it and held onto it tight. so cute! your hand stitching project is looking adorable too! see ya soon! ;)

  11. Loving your vintage finds!! I also love the WIP, the fabrics are adorable :)

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  13. Wow - great vintage finds! Love you little quilt. I can remember some of those patterns as well. I love the Antique Flower in Pastel fabric! It's so sweet and pretty! Your hexies are great too!

  14. Lovely little finds! Will you have any more fat quarter bundles of antique flowers pastel like the one shown here? Please let me know, would love more info...

    1. It has been selling out quickly but have a some fat quarter bundles left. I just relisted one in my shop now. :)

  15. I'm also interested in a fat quarter bundle or some yardage. Have had my eye out for the release of this gorgeous fabric line.

  16. That is,, i'm interested in the Antique flower in Pastel fabric line.


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