But....seen at a distance of several rows of tables, (across a crowded room, you might say!) folded neatly at the outer corner of one table, was this lovely quilt. I examined it, unfolded it, noted the fine applique work and lovely hand quilting. It was so soft - it had been used and washed and loved. It was a bit faded from it's original colors but very clean, no holes or rips or even worn binding.
I'm not sure I even want to tell you this - but here's the amazing part of the story. A piece of paper on top of it said, " pink afghan $30". I thought to myself, "Someone very uneducated about textiles thinks this is an afghan and priced it reflecting that. My lucky day!"
I brought it over to the man running the booth with this paper that was on top of it but he said "Oh, that's for something else". And I thought, "figures" shoulda known"! It knew it was too good to be true.... but before I could even complete that thought he said, "That one is $10".
Could I make this up?
I was flabbergasted as he continued, " I wouldn't wanna 'take' ya."!
I told him that was definitely worth that and paid him. I felt like I was stealing it. I walked away slowly, (though I wanted to run for the door) in case he somehow realized he'd made a mistake and wanted to chase me down.
Yes. Sometimes we get the deal of a lifetime. I have had a few other unbelievable buys and this is not the lowest price I've paid for a nice quilt (see Goodwill Quilt ) but being a Marie Webster design I think it is my best bargain to date! And just so you know, I have paid way more than I should for a few so...maybe it evens out!
According to A Joy Forever, Marie designed the pattern in 1920 and it became one of her most popular offerings.
The May 1931 issue of Needlecraft magazine advertised either a kit ($3.65) or stamped blocks ($.25 each) in the May Tulips pattern.
This book contains wonderful information about Marie and her company as well as full-color photos and patterns for twelve of her designs.
This full vertical view of the design in the collection of the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln, NE, shows more clearly the 'art deco' influence of the border applique and the more geometric shape of the scalloped edge.
I guess the deal I got helped me justify this purchase before I got out the door- a sterling silver needle case with the bail on top for wearing with a chain.
What great buys have you made? I'd love to hear your stories!!