A peek inside Austin Antique Mall

I love looking through old stuff – garage sales, thrift stores, antique malls, you name it.  If I could go snoop around your grandma’s house, I would. I think it’s the idea of finding a treasure, something no one else has, that makes it worth the time and effort! I recently got a recommendation for an antique store here in Austin, and I couldn’t resist checking it out.  Here’s some of the neat stuff I found hiding out in there.

Antique scoreboard

Found the stash of old quilts

Awesome poster. Anatomy of a snail – in French!

This sofa. The golden bottom! The oh-so-comfy cushions! The ridiculous price tag! Wishlisted for life.

Cool graphic dinner plates

I came home with this wooden tray. Coffee nook anyone?

If you get a chance to visit Austin Antique Mall, jump on it.  You could spend half a day in there and still not see everything. Note – the website does not do this place justice. Just take my word on it, it’s awesome.

What is your greatest thrift store find?  And does anyone have any other Austin antique store recommendations? I need more!

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New pattern + A visit to The Quilt Store

Now that I’ve got my quilt inspiration,  it’s pattern time!  I’ve decided my next quilt will be similar to the broken dishes quilt on The Purl Bee.  It’s a simple design, which should be relatively easy for a beginner like myself.  Triangles aren’t so scary, right?

broken dishes pattern
I drew out my pattern.

Now, time to think about fabric!  I headed to The Quilt Store here in Austin.  It’s tucked away in a little shopping center on Anderson Lane.

UPDATE: The Quilt Store has sadly closed up shop after 30 years in business.

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Quilt Inspiration

Now that I have completed my very first quilt ever, I’m getting the itch to make another.  One that I can keep at home and snuggle up with on the sofa with a cat, a cup of coffee, and a book.  I can’t help it, it’s quilt season, ya’ll.

First, I need a little inspiration to get me going.

Here are some lovely quilts I’ve stumbled across on the internets.

Quilt by Jessica Ogden – New York TImes

Broken Dishes Baby Quilt, found on The Purl Bee

Now let’s see some quilts I saw in September at the 2012 Capital of Texas Quilt Fest!  Yes, I went to a festival of quilts, and yes, it was awesome.  Over 350 handmade quilts, all different shapes, sizes, textures, colors, you name it.  Here are a few of my favorites. Continue reading