Sunday, May 01, 2016

And Now There's New Fabric

There was nothing I wanted at the guild's fabric sale so when Mom called and told me about a fundraiser for local charity group, I pouted. My doctor's appointment was at the same time as the sale started. (Have I mentioned how much of a nuisance these blood thinners are? Missing the opening hours of a fabric sale is the least of my woes.)

As soon as I was done at the hospital, I dashed home to get the boys and then up to town to see if there was any fabric shopping left to be done before their afternoon class.

I should have taken pictures, because this sale was impossible to comprehend. Tables and tables and tables of fabric. Some folded yardage, a mind boggling assortment of Daisy Kingdom panels. And eight conference tables piled high with scraps.

The fantastic news was that it was two dollars for as many scraps as you could stuff into a plastic grocery bag and I think they'd defined scraps as anything under a half yard. The bad news was that it was a mix of knits and polyester blends and what seemed like just about everything but fake fur. Picking through it was overwhelming. But I got everything in the picture for five bucks. That's one bag of fabric and the scrappy kit in the zip lock bag.

I am absolutely in love with this vintage astronaut print. It's heavier and a little coarser than quilting cotton -- maybe intended for drapes? I can't decide whether to plan a baby quilt around it or make tote bags for hauling books home from the library.

I probably wouldn't have picked up this piece if Mom hadn't pointed out what those yellow circles are -- can you see them?

They kind of confuse me -- bright yellow spinning wheels? -- but I'm confident that I'll find the perfect use for them.

There are lots of bits and pieces of bright prints that will be perfect for the ambitious scrap quilts. I'm too lazy to pull out the scale and weigh it, so I'm adding ten yards to my totals. There's probably not quite that much fabric here, but right now a halfway decent guess works for me.

My favorite part of this sale was that even though I heard all of the fabric came from one woman's estate, no one was saying anything nasty or critical about her. The group had pulled out what they could use and was selling the rest to raise money for batting and other supplies. It was too much fabric. That was obvious. But no one was being negative or snarky about it.

Weekly Stash Report

Fabric used this week: 0 yards
Fabric used year to date: 4 3/4 yards
Fabric added this week:  10 yards
Fabric added year  to date: 11 yards (+2 sheets)
Net used for 2016: 6 1/4 yards

Yarn used this Week: 0  yards
Yarn used year to Date: 2750 yards
Yarn added this Week: 0 yards
Yarn added Year to Date: 150 yards
Net used for 2016: 2600 yards

This post is linked to Patchwork Times.


Libby in TN said...

Nice haul. I thought they were pizzas with some sort of fancy cutting attachment ...

Scooquilt said...

Interesting fabric! Yes, always good to invigorate the stash, especially cheaply.

Jo said...

It looks fun. I"d have been digging right with you!


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