I took my camera along when I worked at Vintage Secrets the other day. I rent half a room there and work there 2x per month. All of the dealers have to work there for free several days each month as part of the agreement. Along with my camera, I took a book and a small hand-sewing project, in case it was slow.
Fortunately we had a steady stream of customers in and out, and while I did sew a little, it wasn’t very much.
I worked with the gentleman who has the steampunk room and while we’d met before and briefly conversed, this was our first time working together for the day. It was interesting to hear how he’d gotten started in creating pieces like this :
and these : ( a photo from an earlier post, when I’d worked with a different dealer, pictured here )
At one point we began talking a bit about sewing, as I had pulled out some English Paper Piecing hexies to work on. His mother had sewed…she sewed clothes for the children, made crazy quilts, did embroidery, and met with friends for various crafts. Then he was reminiscing about when his dad had retired, and they both started to work on something called Pretty Punch, which I’d never heard of. I thought that perhaps it was plastic canvas, and that the wife had tried to find a common craft that might interest the retired husband. I recall my grandfather enjoying painting…
We went onto the Internet and I found Pretty Punch projects, in order to understand what he was talking about. At this point he was getting very enthused. Why? Because his deceased parents had left a lot of these blocks that they’d made behind, and while both he and his wife are creative, they don’t sew. WHAT would I THINK about putting these things together for him? :)
Well, I had no clue! But since he lives close by I said sure, run home and grab some of what you are talking about and I’ll mind the store, ( hoping that no experienced antique collectors came in while he was gone ….)
When he came back, there were several large pieces of clowns in a heavy linen fabric, a bit stained around the edges, and then smaller blocks in a different material. I told him that I didn’t think that the two would mix well…perhaps try to get the stains out of the larger blocks and then since they were completely finished and very polished, in a different style than these below, perhaps trim them down a bit and frame them? Meanwhile he arranged the others and I took a picture so that I’d have a reference in regards to the order in which to sew them together.
I’d never seen this craft before….have any of you done “Pretty Punch” or remember your moms or dads working on it? A closeup:
At any rate, in the enthusiasm of the moment, with all of this wonderful nostalgia about his aging parents working together on these blocks, most likely towards a quilt down the line, I agreed to sew them together, create a simple TIED quilt, and probably only charge him for basic materials and let him know the time involved.
I took more pictures of items that day, both antique and *Just* vintage but I’ll sort through them later on…
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