“Gammel Dag Fest”…..a Norwegian celebration…….

Was yesterday (June 18th) in the neighboring town of Peterson, MN. Generally, a sleepy little settlement along the Root River Bike Path that offers many of those sweet by-gone days activities that are enjoyed by folks today. You know……like time spent at the café, sipping coffee with friends, maybe a trek to the post office (a few steps from the café) or, for the more adventuresome, a day on the Root River which flows under the road on the edge of town. Turning off Hwy 16, I spot the all-important sign announcing the day’s event…..”Gammel Dag Fest” (“Good Old Days”, for those not ethnically inclined/informed…….)…..IMG_6230    I make the turn and cross the bridge IMG_6229  and see the welcoming signs ahead……IMG_6169   A not-so-sleepy day today! Now, I will tell you that many activities filled the agenda but not mine! Why??? Well, I had only a very limited time to be here and I used it wisely…………not on the beautifully manicured homes……… IMG_6170 IMG_6171   not on tractors, parked in driveways awaiting the parade and other displays…..IMG_6225  IMG_6173 but……. THIS…………IMG_6175 A small unassuming notice on the door to Grace Lutheran Church announcing a quilt display! BUT, not just quilts … “Vintage Quilts”………….!!!!!!! IMG_6176 IMG_6177





The display was not a large one but wonderfully documented and easily viewed.







I think I can detect a certain “commonality”/repetition in the names that appear on each quilt description. See if you don’t agree. Please, note that clicking on a photo will enlarge it to be better viewed!IMG_6179IMG_6183










Those hexies must be 3/4”!!!!!!IMG_6208


Most were pieced, tied comforters….lovingly put together and used! Recording another tyme, another day, when travel was more limited and social times did dual duty: a quilting “bee” was a time of catching up on news and finishing that all-important bed covering for the upcoming cold months.

And, so my time was finished. As others were coming for the afternoon………IMG_6226, I headed home to tasks awaiting. Til next we meet……………………



About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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17 Responses to “Gammel Dag Fest”…..a Norwegian celebration…….

  1. Mary Nelson says:

    Don’t you just want to get you hands on those tied quilts and give them some stitching?

  2. Beth Ann says:

    What a perfect stop for you!

  3. Thread crazy says:

    Pretty quilts … so glad you were able to spend a few and share with us.

  4. You beat the crowd and saw exactly what you wanted. I love vintage quilts.

  5. KerryCan says:

    This looks like tons of fun! I always gravitate toward the older quilts, in any setting. Such variety!

  6. Andrea R Huelsenbeck says:

    I love the charming old scrap quilts. They remind me of a show I saw recently in Gilbert, AZ.

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