I've had lots of good surprises this week.
I had been whining to myself that other crazy quilters use bought and found things on their crazy quilts, and I am making most of my additions myself. The tiny moon I added last week is tiny and doesn't make a big impact but it took me a long time to make.
Usually my local thrift store doesn't have a lot of textiles in my price range. I can buy a piece of clothing with a small piece of embroidery for $4.95 but I would prefer to pay less. I went to the store this week, and found this huge tablecloth. It didn't have a price on it, and the lady looked at other tablecloths and told me it was $1.99. It doesn't have any stains so someone like me was probably worried it would get dirty and didn't use it as a table cloth. Some of it is even cut work. I love the scalloped edge on this so I am not sure whether I will cut it up. I might use it as a base to add more to it. I am not ready for a big project like this so it will have to wait.
Last week, I was able to watch a free episode of Quilt Show featured Sujata Shah. She said that she really liked the thread from Wonderfil. It had a special weight that I could not find easily. I checked them out just to see how much it was, and they were offering free shipping for Labor Day. The thread was pricey but I decided to splurge and bought three spools. The thread is thicker than perle cotton but thinner than hand quilting thread. It came with this measuring tape and box of sample threads.
When I went to the grocery store pickup, I also got a bag of samples from them with my order.
Then to make things even better, I won an e-book from a blog hop, Doodle Stitching Embroidery Art: Move Beyond the Pattern. My prize came directly from the author, Aimee Ray at her blog, Little Dear Tracks. Thank you so much! I will review it on my book blog later when I get a chance to look at it more thoroughly, but it clearly has a lot of great inspiration just on the cover alone, and after flipping through it, there is lots more inspiration inside too.