TextilesFirst was a person who offered to give me the inside scoop of thrift stores in the area. She is really good at finding bargains and let me know of a place that had clothes for 50 cents each, but it was out of town. She said she would keep a lookout if there was something I wanted. Since I have all the clothes I need right now, if I went to a thrift store, the only clothes I would want would be ones I could cut up for crafts - things with laces and embroidery.
I decided I didn't want to go to the sale, because I have enough projects to keep me busy. She did manage to find a blouse that was made up of pretty laces that she thought I would like. I met her at a local thrift store to do the exchange. The blouse is gorgeous and has different layers of crocheted lace designs. We did not find anything we wanted to buy at the store, since the items I wanted were pricey and there was a 50% sale off everything on Wednesday.
I even skipped the Wednesday sale because I have plenty of quilts that I still need to finish. Then on Thursday, I found a blogger who makes gorgeous quilts out of vintage textiles. Of course I can't find the link right now. Her gorgeous quilting really made the quilts. I regretted not going to the sale.
Then I spotted a yard sale on my way to the grocery store and was able to buy textiles at a good price. They are not hand made and I don't know if they count as vintage, but they are pretty textiles. So now, I guess there is a textile quilt in my list. I'm not sure how they feel about me cutting up their things to make a quilt.
Another friend invited me to join her at a charity sew in. There is an organization here, Stitching Sisters, who makes quilts for various people in need.
I went there and helped them package up 127 quilts to go to women undergoing radiation and chemotherapy. Apparently 127 quilts is how many will fit in the car! I also picked up some kits of quilts to make so I can help them out from home.
Why did I pick up four instead of just taking one at a time, I have no idea. I couldn't decide and I figured I didn't have to get them all done at one time.
I'm still working on finishing up the drunkard's path quilt so they may have to wait, but if I get one pieced by the next meeting, I can learn how to use their long arm.
15 Minutes to Stitch: Week 31This week, I worked mostly on quilting Ethnic Drunkard's Path. I also packaged up some quilts for Stitching Sisters and went shopping for textiles.
15 Minute sessions of stitching this month: 7 out of 7
15 Minute sessions of stitching this year: 179 out of 216 sessions
Success Rate: 83%
15 Minutes to Stitch
You are going to have fun making these quilts because the decisions are already made, you can just sew. I need to find a place to do charity quilts too. Even with all the quilts I am in the process of making, it feels good to do something for someone else.
Looking forward to checking out your textiles quilt when you get to it. Congrats on a great week of stitching!
It sounds like your current derailments will result in some nice quilts that others will enjoy.
It's interesting to read your adventures in finding fabric at the thrift store. I often shop at Volunteers of America and especially like their last Tuesday of the month half off sale. If I may ask, where is the shop that sells clothes for 50 cents each? Is it a one/a month sale or are they always that price?
You're good to take home 3 quilt kits and to make them to donate. It's nice they give you the fabric and fabric..
Love that pillow and our thrift store bargains for fabric and embellishments!
The kindness of strangers--quilts for women undergoing chemotherapy. It always helps to know the ways people help each other!
What a nice cause, and so many quilts, wow. I guess that's a great kind of side tracking!
It's so good of you to make quilts for others!!! I love thrift shops for fabric but really need to stay out of them....I could easily become a hoarder!
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