Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Torn Between Two Lovers, Vintage and Primitive

Do you remember the 70's song, "Torn Between Two Lovers" by Mary MacGregor?

Torn between two lovers, feelin` like a fool
Lovin` both of you is breakin` all the rules

That's really the way I feel these days. See I love my vintage 30's, 40's and 50's but I also love primitive. How in the world do I make these two styles live in harmony in my house? It's a struggle, and the way I've reconciled it with myself is I collect what I love and deal with the consequences.
A prime example is today's offering for Carol's Rednesday, I am sharing another quilt. This is one of my favorites because I do love my snowmen. They are so appropriate this time of year, after Christmas but long before we see any signs of spring here in Iowa.
One thing I love about this quilt are all the hearts. Since Valentine's Day is our next decorating holiday, it seems a good way to transition. So, here's where my other love comes in. If you look closely most of the buttons I've used to embellish the quilt are vintage, some bakelite.

This quilt is usually in my hallway, where I have a wall quilt rack. I change out the quilts with the seasons. I had to move it to my mantel for this picture because it's hard to get a good picture in the hallway!

It's been slow here for auctions and estate sales. The thrift stores seemed to be filled with everyone's end of the year cast-offs. I hope things pick-up soon!


  1. LOVE your quilt!! I wish I knew how to make a quilt, but they look so hard to do.... I know how to sew on a sewing machine but I'm sure I would need to learn more then that to make quilts. Anyway, yours is adorable and the awesome buttons makes even more special.

  2. Hi Shelley, I know how you feel! I like a lot of different styles. I think if you love it, and display it in a way that shows you love it, the styles don't matter. It will all work.

    When I get things cleaned up after the kids go back to school next week I'll try to share my dinning room - French Country with a vintage Pepsi clock - theres a mix for you!

    Thanks for stopping by, I've missed several Rednesday's lately. I did get the glasses on sale and they have other colors too.

  3. Hi Shelley! I loved this post, because I have to walk that same line: cottage, country and primitive! But I do the same thing you do. If I like it, I make it work. I loooove your quilt! And it's perfect for Valentines Day, and the snowmen work too because it IS winter out there! Glad I'm not the only one who decorates any way she pleases. Don't tell anyone, but I've still got my Christmas lights on outside. It's the last day of the 12 days of Christmas, so tomorrow I'll turn them off!
    Happy REDnesday!

  4. That is such a beautiful quilt! It's great because it can stay up all winter not just Christmas with that theme! I love the colour combinations it is sort of a vintage country! Very nice! Hope you are having a great Rednesday and thanks for sharing! Sherri : )

  5. One of my friends who had the best vintage collection ever woke up one day, decided she wanted primitive and packed EVERYTHING up that day. It's been primitive ever since. I love her house and had a brief flirtation with primitive one summer, but it's a little too austere for me. I just go and visit her when I get the urge. Oh, and thanks, because that terrible song is going to be stuck in my head the rest of the night!

  6. I'm glad you're "going with the flow" and enjoying the best of both worlds!