This past weekend kept me on the move. Saturday, DH and I were on our way to Peterson, MN, (about 17 miles away) to check out their annual event, “Gammel Dag” (“Old Days”). This little town, population 202, is situated on the picturesque Root River in S.E. Minnesota. Their event is always somewhat overshadowed by other more major summer celebrations in 2 neighboring cities. This allows the town’s various events to be much more quaint and typical of bygone days. The quilt show was small but presented perfect examples of hand-stitched quilts done by local residents (who are pushing that century mark!).
There’s been some talk, in my Facebook groups, of the trend to have the final quilting be on the “excessive” side and overshadowing the piecing. I’m not sure if these thoughts are coming from those whose focus is piecing, or not, but heavy amounts of quilting stitches is not a new phenomena and, if done with the appropriate materials, results in a finish that is as soft as those with less stitching. Here’s an example of a vintage quilt that has the most amazing hand stitching that I’ve ever seen!!!!
Enlarge this photo and be amazed!
The documentation, along side the quilt, gives further information on it’s maker, etc……..
Leaving the quilt venue, we strolled down one of the vender lined side streets……. Examples and demonstrations of hardanger, rosemaling, knitting, stained glass and stitcheries of various kinds. This apron caught my eye (wonder why??)….. It was beautifully made using a gorgeous embroidered/open-work tablecloth!
The day was overcast (a very good thing!) and the temps were in the upper 90s as we headed to the ball field to watch a vintage baseball game. This is a “gentleman’s” game and the uniforms were long sleeved and warm!!! The hat must be on at all times and, if lost on a run to base, the player is penalized a quarter! The rules are quite different from today’s game. No gloves are worn…by anyone!
It was a very relaxing day and one without any real schedule. How unusual for me/us! Now…..back to some stitching. Til next time……..