If you need another reason to love antiques…

Consider the inspirational value of a piece with lovingly hand carved details. While I was at the new antiques shop, I spied this beautiful piece, and had to go back with my camera to capture the feathery flourishes and interesting designs.

Antique detail

I looked at this piece in the shop, and all I saw were the designs. In my mind I could see these designs on The Misery Quilt, translated into quilting. I’ve been getting closer and closer to the machine quilting on that project while I’ve been trying to figure out what I wanted to do with quilting, and now I know.

Antique detail

The more I look at these pictures now as I’m loading them up, the more I love this piece of furniture. It’s not likely that it will make it’s way home though, for a number of reasons. For one, it’s bigger than a bread box, so there’s no room in the house for it. Two, ITMan doesn’t like it (he said so when we looked at it together) because it has too much carving.

Antique detail

“Too much” was my initial reaction as well, even though I love the designs and they are inspiring my own quilt art. But the more I look at the pictures and think about it, the more I can appreciate it. This thing would completely dominate a room, and you’d just have to plan for that and let it have it’s way. To be honest, I’ve realized that I don’t even know what it was, really. Was it a sideboard, a dresser, or what? I obviously had eyes only for the details!

Antique detail

I can’t wait to start drawing quilting designs!

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