October 18, 2009

Collectables

There is no excuse that I have not finished anything in the last couple of weeks to blog. I have a good excuse for not finishing anything to show you here. I have been curating an exhibition of handmade book due to open on Saterday October 31. I have posted about it on my paper blog Rags to Riches, if you care to have a look.

Today though, I would like to show you my antique crazy quilt and collection of tins.


Every quilt has story behind it and I am sure this quilt has a long and interesting story behind it; I only wish I knew what it was. I have owned this quilt for 10 years since I found it in an open air market in Oxford shire in the UK. It was roughly folded on a rack together with old curtains and sheets. I asked the owner of the store how much she wanted for it. She told me £10 Pounds. I thought £10 Pounds was more than I wanted to pay for it. So I walked away and had a good look at the market. I walked past the same store on my way out, but this time there was a man standing there. I asked how much he wanted for the quilt. He told me £5 Pounds. Five Pounds, I paid for it and ran...! It was the best thing I have ever bought from any market. The various fabric scraps have a Victorian feel to them and I am certain it was made in the 1800's. It even smells like it. I love it so much and it is now hanging on the wall above our bed. What a treasure uh?


Collection of tins. I love tins, old tins, new tins, cute tins and tins I can put my bits and pieces in. I particularly like the Whitman's sampler tin. It is just perfect to store quilt or embroidery projects in. Other tins in my collection are the tiny weenie tins. I use them for buttons, pins and beads. I then display them in group in my sewing room. They look rather cute as they are.


Here are more of the Whitman's Sampler tins in my collection. I even found one with a Christmas theme on it. They stack perfectly well together too. To tell you the truth, I have never seen them in a shop with cookies in them. I don't know where people get them from. I found these at our local op-shops.

14 comments:

Lurline said...

Gorgeous collection, natima - my you are a girl of many talents, Bookmaking, too!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Natima the reason you have not seen cookies in the tins is probably because they don't put them in tin anymore. Over here in the US the cookies come in a paper box. It looks the same but it is a cardboard type box.

I love your antique quilt. I think you got a real bargain on it. Glad the man was there this time :-)

PatchworkRose said...

Now Nat those tins had chocolates in them :-) I have my Patchwork in one too. Found the tin in a garage sale :-) I love little Tins too.:-)
Cheers
Lynne

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hi there Nat on this lovely Sunday...good bargain with the quilt girl!!! I have one of those tins...I did see them in a supermarket a few years ago now...but mine was a gift...Have a lovely sunny day...Dzintra♥x

Lizzie said...

Lovely crazy quilt Nat, good find that one. Yep the Whitmans tins were definitely chocolates, you can still buy the chocolates only now the 'tins' are made of cardboard. I have one that I keep my quilt labels in, seems we all like to put quilting stuff in Whitmans, ;o)
Lizzie
XXX

A Stitch In Thyme said...

I was never real big on tins until the last couple of years. I pick very specific ones and it must have a purpose. Old quilts, I always try to imagine what the story might be if I don't know it already. Is it bits and pieces of a families clothing? Blankets from soldiers? Baby's clothing? So much fun. Hugs. Tammy

Simone de Klerk said...

Hi Natima, I love the story behind your antique quilt. Especially the part where you ran away *LOL* Wow, how special, to have an old quilt like that.
And those tins ... perfect!

ROZ said...

first of all, that antique quilt is stunning, and a great buy! What a good idea to collect tins--actually collecting something that's useful.

Micki said...

I brought one of those tins from the States,..I love it!
Micki

Lay Hoon aka mescrap said...

Gorgeous quilt!! It's should be very huge :)

Love your collection on tin. There can be meant for display and also can be used to store stuff.

Granny Lyn said...

oh, my heart is singing to that crazy quilt!! what a beauty she is! you were one lucky girl to find her.

the tins are so perfect to store odds and ends in a artsy way...very smart!

clare's craftroom said...

That is such a gorgeous quilt and I love all those tins .

Ivory Spring said...

Natima,

What a great collection of tins!

aubirdwoman said...

I have a tin, just one, it did have chocolates in, and I have been looking for more ever since, thats tins not chocolates :)
oh and I live near Wheelers Hill.

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