Misty Mountain is a mercantile in the South Fork Amish/Mennonite community.
While its stock of goods caters particularly to locals of those persuasions it has items of interest to those of us who live a simpler rural lifestyle.
The section of kitchenware is alluring with quality bakeware, cutlery, everything needed for canning and preserving. What you will not find there is electrical appliances.
There is a selection of fabrics used by the plain people for garment construction, as well as most of the gadgetry desired by quilters. I often buy thread, sewing machine needles, rotary cutter blades there.
Two aisles in the store are given over to books, stationary, greeting cards, as well as picture books for small children, all of a type considered suitable for the Amish community.
A display of Leaning Tree cards is there for those who are more 'English' minded.
In the back of the store are utility items: brooms, mops, shovels, canning jars, small hand tools.
When building our present house we purchased our wood-burning stove there.
Whatever my errand at Misty Mountain I detour to the area where quilts are displayed, for sale on consignment.
Some are vintage, others more recently constructed.
Most are machine pieced, hand quilted.
The precision of workmanship varies but is usually fine quality.
Today I noticed that the display had been altered since last time I was in.
I'm sharing my photos for those who are interested in stitchery.
Sadly, the fabrics used in the quilts aren't 'quilt shop' quality.
The store stocks reprints of calicos that were popular in the early 1980's when there was first a renewed general interest in quilt making. When my late friend Edie Robie and I began constructing quilts many of these same prints were produced by VIP and Cranston Print Works, but in a better quality fabric.
A beautifully pieced and quilted Broken Lone Star; quilting detail below.
Classic 6 point Lone Star with 'clam shell' quilting in the white areas.
I believe this pattern is Wedding Ring--I should check on that.
A white whole cloth quilt, sometimes referred to as a Bride's Quilt.
The quilt is protected by a clear plastic sleeve that caused distortion in my photo, however the quality of the stitching should be evident.
Quilt constructed from identical hand-embroidered blocks.
This older quilt doesn't display the usual quality of work.
The tag notes that it was hand-pieced and machine quilted. This was done on a standard sewing machine--a difficult task. As you can see, the layers of fabric bunched creating wrinkles and wobbling lines of stitches.
A display of colorful scrappy quilts. The lozenge-shaped pieces of the one in upper left were hand whipped together with a variation of a herringbone stitch that I've not seen before.