Connie and I stopped at the antique mall on our way home last night. Look at this great wood cutout picture of a Jack Russell Terrier! I can’t believe I found this piece of folk art which has pencil scribbling on both sides. I’m hoping I can remove the pencil marks carefully.
I happened to stop at the thrift store today and found this original oil painting of the Little Brown Church located in Northeast Iowa. The beauty of this painting is in the artist, Ruth Brown, who lived on the first farm west of us. She died quite a number of years ago and even though I attended her farm sale, I was not lucky enough to have been able to get one of her paintings. My heart jumped into my throat when I saw her signature on this painting today.
Ruth was a talented quilter as well as an artist and I wish I had spent more time with her all those years ago. She had the most beautiful wool braided rug in her dining room that she made with her mother and grandmother when she was a young girl. We were in the same neighborhood club and one year when their dog kept running away and would show up here, we agreed that I should keep the dog. That was Red, one of our golden retrievers.
One more note about the quilt show yesterday. Someone asked about the jacket I was wearing. Here it is.
If you look at the picture of Connie and me at the top of this page, you will see that Connie is wearing the same jacket in a different color. We shopped together in Minneapolis last fall and both of us bought the same jacket. The day that picture was taken a year ago was the first and only time Connie ever wore that jacket. She decided she hated it and off it went to Goodwill! Yesterday people kept mentioning the jacket and how much they liked it and every time we heard a compliment, we would laugh and laugh. One wearing and she hated it and I got nothing but compliments on the same jacket. One gal even wanted to feel the fabric. Haha! Oh, what a good laugh we all had.
Someone asked about the golden retrievers, the street scene and the fish quilts – these are prize winning art quilts and are one-of-a-kind. There is no way anyone could or would produce a pattern for quilts such as these. I guarantee that nobody except the original artist could even make it. Wish I had taken some close ups – each quilt has thousands and thousands of small fabric snippets. Each one was simply unbelievable!
I’ll reveal the contents of the sewing basket tomorrow or Monday.