I had a good day at the local junk auction this week. I came home with three sewing machines, though not anything greatly desirable. These machines are robust but lower end models, not the machines that I look for as a collector who uses her collection. This bunch will be serviced and donated to a group that works with abused and homeless girls. The girls are taught sewing as a part of a therapy course, and each girl gets to keep the machine that she learns on. I’m all for any program that gets any youngsters into making something.
I also bought this:
An unfinished hand sewn quilt top made with lots of different strips of 1930s printed feed sack cloth. As much as I rant against looking at the backs of contemporary quilts, I must say, this one warrants study of the back.
The underside is a collection of more print scraps, and plain feed sacks. This quilt top begs so many questions. The obvious, who made it, and where? Why was so much time spent on what is here, to leave it unfinished? It also came with several loose stars, and two quarter stars. Those little pieces will go into a collage. I want to do something with the part top that preserves its integrity, but I have no desire to attempt to continue the pattern.