Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Primitive Thimble

After the Fabric World debacle in Portland (I will post about the experience soon) we headed toward Vancouver, Washington to spend the night with a promise that in the morning we could visit another quilt shop before we drove to Seattle to visit the University at Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.

Since we had a few computers with us I made sure to investigate a few quilt shops online before we got in the car. Lesson learned...

We stopped at a lovely quilt shop called The Primitive Thimble in Vancouver, Washington.

Notice the front door. . .


Come to find out that their shop was broken into on the weekend. The thieves stole the cash register and a few other random things but the QUILTS were not touched. They must not have known the REAL VALUE of the quilts in the store. Just the hand appliqued quilts behind the counter are worth over a $1000 dollars not to mention several antiques that they had around the shop. Luckily they were clueless!!

Moving on. . . Let me introduce you to Lynn.


What a wonderful lady. I felt like a dear friend that she hadn't seen in a while. She made us feel right at home. Lynn is one of the staff there at The Primitive Thimble. We had such a fun time visiting and learning and talking quilts.

I looked over while we were talking and noticed this curved looking box sitting on the counter and it was covered with a white cloth. I asked her what it was and she revealed this really wonderful lace making pillow. Can you see it? Click on the pictures to have a good look. It's marvelous.

Click on the pictures to look at the detail on the heart lace and the 3 other pieces of lace on the right side of the pillow bed. The lace pattern is on the blue paper and it's attached to the drum in the middle of the lace pillow.

I've done a bit of research on lacemaking and here is a great website to visit. It's a beginner's guide to Bobbin Lacemaking.


Here's a look at the quilt shop. . .




Look at the yummy over dyed wool on the table next to the doll. I wish I could have bought some of it and I'm probably going to regret it but I do have the phone number so, I'm good.








I really fell in love with one of the quilts in the store but, I can't believe I forgot to take a picture of it, I guess I was really excited about it. You can see the store's version of the quilt here on their website. This is the book and the fabric I bought to add to the collection of Civil War Prints that I have in my stash.


Here's a picture of the quilt in the book.


Now this was my kind of Quilt Shop. I Loved it!!!

14 comments:

Shari said...

What a wonderful shop! I just love the name of it, and it looks so very friendly! Sound like you are having fun! That quilt you are making looks very intriguing...

Pat said...

That looks like a very nice shop! I'm glad you found it and liked it so much. The lacework is amazing.....but it looks very difficult (too hard for me, I think!!!)

Patty said...

Lovely shop the quilt you fell in love with is beautiful, but I love the applique table runner on their website too bad their shop online store is closed for maintenance. Or maybe it's a good thing because I really don't need it. LOL

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow what a great shop! How sad that they were broken into! And another WOW! I traveled with my hubby to Belgium this past spring, and we visited a lace shop where the lady was demonstrating how they make the lace. She told us it takes seven years to learn the craft! It was amazing to see. Enjoy your new stash addition :-)

Thimbleanna said...

Looks like another great quilt shop visit Kim! Very sad about their break-in, but like you said they're very lucky that the quilts weren't stolen. One of the shops that I frequent "back here" was recently broken into and they took some gorgeous quilts. Have fun with your new Kim Diehl project!

Liz said...

Beautiful - looks like my kinds of place. I'm so glad their quilts are safe. Insurance can buy a new cash register, but those quilts are irreplaceable!

Nedra said...

It looks like you are having a wonderful trip. When we first came out of graduate school, we lived in Vancouver, Washington. In fact, child #3 was born there and we were both featured in the newspaper. Scott was the first baby born in Clark County in June 1983 and was honored as "Dairy Month Baby". We won a basket of prizes, which was very much appreciated after just finishing school.

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

What a wonderful quilt shop!! And that quilt is gorgeous!! Love your fabrics you bought. When I was in Belgium, the ladies there sit out on the street with those pillows and make lace. Their fingers go 90 miles an hour. They make it look so easy, but I'm sure it isn't. Glad you are getting to visit some great quilt shops on your trip. Love & blessings from NC!

Me said...

Hi there Kim...welcome home! It looks like you had a wonderful trip and family reunion...good for you!
The shop looks like a wonderful place to visit...thanks for all of the great photos!
xx
lori

Dj said...

How interesting to find bobbin lace in a quilt shop. My mother learned the craft from a German lady who was a master and is now a teacher herself. It's not as complicated as it looks.

Mary said...

Hi Kim,
What a nice shop. Very interesting to learn about lace making. Thaks for sharing.

quiltingnana said...

looks like a wonderful shop

Karen said...

I like the decor in the shop. And lots of interesting things there, too.

Mama Pea said...

When I lived in Pocatello, where Kim Diehl lives, I got to take a class from her on making that quilt. Mine's still not finished, but it's started! :-) It's a great quilt! Looks like you are having a great trip! The lace is incredible! Some quilt shops make you feel like you could stay forever, huh? This looks like one of them!