Antiquing Stop In Illinois

An antiquing stop in South Beloit, Illinois; two malls in same town.  I browsed around in Angela’s Attic first and then right across the road was the Roscoe Antique Mall. How convenient!

Angelas antique mall

Roscoe antique mall

Many years ago I bought my daughter Roxie a set of the Pyrex mixing bowls. Recently one has broken so I’m on the lookout for a replacement. I think that’s a great excuse to go antiquing!  It turns out not all the sets are colored the same, who knew? Roxie’s set has the yellow large bowl and she is missing the second from the smallest bowl which in her set is red.

Pyrex bowls

An Amish made covered basket; I have a collection of the Amish baskets started but I have found several of these at local thrift stores for a fraction of the antique mall’s prices. The very first Amish basket I ever bought was on one of my trips at a travel plaza stop. An Amish lady was there with her buggy and had set out a huge assortment of baskets and homemade jams. I have a real appreciation for anything handmade, whether it’s quilts, baskets, or jams I love it all!

Covered Amish Basket

There were very few quilts in these two malls however I think this one would make a wonderful leaders and enders project. I can just see this very scrappy with hundreds of different fabrics!

Tree Quilt

I came really close to getting this for my garden!

Sewing machine tractor

I love it when I come across something I’ve never seen before and this basket cart was a first for me. A great alternative to the wire shopping carts.

Basket Cart

That was enough leg stretching and eye candy for me, it was then back on the road, and next stop home!


Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.


Antique Malls Colorado Trip May 2015

I do like strolling around antique malls and the two large ones I stopped at on my way home from Colorado were a great “Eye Candy” fix.  I’ve collected many things over the years and I need to stop accumulating things but I still like to look and check on prices. Toy sewing machines are something I always stop to admire and curb myself from starting a collection of.

Toy Sewing Machine

I have about two dozen sets of crochet or embroidered pillow cases so I just took a photo of this set and left them behind.  It’s one of the most elaborate pairs I have ever come across.

Pillow Cases

This quilt might be an inspiration for a waste triangle project someday.  Earlier this year I started some cleaning and organizing in my quilting studio and came across an amazing number of waste triangles I have saved over the years. It’s time to put some more of them to good use.  I do have on my website four free waste triangle patterns for all to use.

Waste Triangle quilt project

My purchase of the day, this great plaid picnic basket!  I’ve already used it when I took some rhubarb crisp, straight from the oven, over to my daughter’s and her husband’s studio, for a late morning treat.

Plaid Picnic Basket

Many more road trips and antique malls coming up in my schedule!


Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.


Springfield Antique Malls

Travelling to teach my next workshop, I managed to get to five antique malls in and around Springfield, Illinois in one day.  So much to see!  It was definitely the day for quilts using double pink fabrics.

These first three quilts I could very easily see myself making.

A Nine Patch with four patches.

Broken Dishes

Irish Chain

And this last quilt is a Lemoyne Star which is not on my “to do” list.  I’ve made a couple of these blocks before and do not find them fun.  Maybe I could tackle this as an English paper piecing project.

And then just when you think you have seen everything along comes a patchwork jacket. And not just any quilted jacket but this is from double knit polyester! Truly one of a kind.

What can I say – it made me smile!


Vintage Quilt Fix

I stopped at an antique mall in Story City, Iowa and found some very cheerful quilts that would adapt nicely to using 5″ squares.

This first one is on my “must do” list – what a great way to show off some 1930s’ prints! I would make hourglass units as the alternate blocks and set this on point.

Another happy quilt pictured below – I like the use of the blue as the background fabric.  I would use connecting corners on the bow ties rather than set in seams.  And probably use sashing rather than the large plain alternate blocks since I wouldn’t have any hand quilting to show off.

What a great fast idea for a baby quilt shown here in red.  I can see this with lots of novelty prints for an “I Spy” quilt.

The list of quilts I want to make just keeps growing!


Churn Dash Blocks

It is chilly and raining outside and I think I heard sleet hitting my windows earlier today. A perfect day for staying in and quilting. Isn’t it great that we have hobby we can work at no matter what the weather!? It’s raining – perfect quilting day, it’s snowing – perfect quilting day, and it’s a beautiful day – perfect quilting day!

And a great day for getting the information posted on these adorable churn dash blocks from waste triangles.

This is what you need for each block:

4 half-square-triangle units – mine are trimmed to 1 3/4″

2 different 2 1/2″ x 5″ rectangles – I used a denim and a plaid

1 center 2 1/2″ square – I used a plaid

Step 1. Placing the two rectangles right sides together, sew scant 1/4″ seams on each long side of the rectangles.

Step 2. Measure over 1 1/8″ from the edge and cut – do this on both of the long edges.

Step 3.  Set the seams and press towards the plaid.

Step 4.  Measure over and cut at 2 1/2″ on both of the pieces.

Step 5. Arrange all the pieces into the block as shown and sew together.

The blocks will measure 5″ at this point (unfinished).  Have fun turning them into a quit!  I will have 120 of them to use in one quilt or more and since I am using these as my leaders and enders, it will be awhile before they are all done and I have decided on a layout for them.  When I do take the time to play with these blocks and design some layout options in EQ6 I will post them here for you.

While working on this block the thought came to me, “Churn Dash – what is a churn dash?”  Now, I did have the idea that it must have something to do with a butter churn, but what exactly, I didn’t know – so I did a little research on the internet and found this site- Old and Interesting Stuff. Also this blog from a Living History Farm, where this photo is from.

The “churn” refers to the butter churn, or the mixing container, and the “dash” is the stirring stick. See how the churn dash quilt block looks like the picture of the cross-shaped dash inside of the cylinder churn!? The quilter that named that block obviously spent some time churning her own butter!