This past Tuesday I headed west to Manassas, Virginia. It is only about a 35 minute drive. I had heard about a new quilt shop out there – Aurora Quilts – and a shop with fabrics, yarns and needlework supplies – Old Town Needlecrafts. Aurora Quilts had a nice selection of fabrics for a very tiny shop and Old Town had a lot of quilting fabric even though knitting seems to be their main gig.
Church Street in Manassas Virginia. Aurora Quilts is in the building on the right.
A church on the opposite corner.
The railroad tracks and a corner cafe.
I also visited a nice gift shop called Whimsical Galerie. Then, I headed for the antique shops. I spent quite a while in Iron Horse Antiques. I found several quilts I thought were charming…
Double Wedding Ring
Love the red thread used for the hand quilting.
Whirligig or Flyfoot or something else? This one is a top that was both hand and machine stitched.
I thought the barber shop cabinet to the right would be a fun place to store threads and other notions.
another Double Wedding Ring - took some closeups of this one...
But the only thing that came home with me from Iron Horse was this kitchen scale. I thought it was cute and I could say we “needed” it for weighing fruits and vegetables when canning this summer.
My big find was at a going out of business sale. I walked in the door and in the first booth I went into found a black box on the floor. Hmmm. Grabbed the tag – feather light sewing machine. Hmmm. Dropped my purse and stooped down (ouch!), kneeled down. Opened the case, pulled out the top shelf full of attachments and a bobbin, pulled out the machine and started inspecting it. Looks like a Singer Featherweight! So I went up to the front desk and asked about their discount. She gave me a price. It was a good discount, but still a little more than I wanted to pay for something that needed service and possibly repairs. I went back to the booth and called my husband – giving him the serial number and asking him to look it up online - a 1938 221 manufactured in New Jersey. OK – it is a Featherweight – not just me wishing it so. She went down again on her price and it was sold.
I didn’t squeal until after I was in my car!
Here’s my new toy. It’s in the shop now. I can’t wait to get it back – just hope it’s not too, too expensive.
These machines are so darn cute!
The view out the window above my kitchen sink.