Visiting Grandma’s Attic in Dallas, Oregon, has been on my bucket list of things to do for a few years now. I finally got to take that trip a few weeks ago, on my way to the Oregon Coast. Dallas is just outside of Salem, Oregon and has a population of about 15,000 people. Dallas is at the end of the old Applegate Trail, the southern counterpart of the Oregon Trail, traveled by European Settlers in the 1840’s, through the heart of the Willamette Valley.
Founder Grandma Rachel is a history buff and loves all the fiber arts. Taught by her grandmother, Rachel began her first needlework lessons at the age of nine. She has spent most of her life working with and learning about the role of quilting, sewing, embroidery and other fiber arts in women’s lives throughout history. In fact, some of her classes reflect history with each lesson. There’s a lot of nice fabrics and patterns at Grandma’s Attic. So much to look at, so little time.
…and I really liked this antique sewing machine.Rachel wrote a great quilt program called QuiltRed, published by The Fabric Shop Network. It includes fancy quilts and redwork quilts all themed around women’s heart health. There is even a website www.quiltred.com that’s a great resource for the program and heart health. I enjoyed my trip to Grandma’s Attic… and yes, I did buy some fabric and some pillowcases to embroider. Now I need to improve my embroidery skills!