You never know what you are going to find when you are exploring back roads, and I have learned you should never pass any place by.
The shop appeared as old as the sign and was tended by an old, 93 to be exact, woman who was glad to have a visitor. Her wares were kitchy and looked to have been around for a long time.
Hanging on the back wall, however, was one of the most stunning creations I have ever seen, a quilt made with WW II military insignia and woven labels. Those are something we don’t see any more! This dear lady made it in the early 50’s, and there’s no telling how much time it took to stitch all these little pieces together.
Looking at her creation, I knew it had to be mine. The labels, the satin backing, the intricacy of the construction, its history made my heart beat with desire, so I asked how much, afraid to breathe until I heard the answer.
“Oh, everyone wants to buy this quilt,” she said, ” but it is not for sale. When I am gone it will go to Colby College.”
I do hope the college appreciates this unique and precious gift.
And then she chuckled and asked if I would like to buy one of the Christmas items sitting beneath it. “I tried to have Christmas in July, but it didn’t go over too well. I guess next year I will have to try something different,” she said. Now, that’s what I call optimistic!
I hope you found something special this fall Sunday.
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