Monday, July 06, 2009

Better than drugs

I thought you might like to see photos of what inflated my stash amounts this week.

First off, two weeks ago, I got Mighty Mom's box of goodies and tore through them all without taking photos and without blogging about it. I had to go back and find everything to take some belated photos so I could share them with you.

MM's grandmother saved boo-koodles of things and MM was generous enough to spread the wealth. She sent out boxes to several of us with all kinds of fun and funky things in them. Look at what grabbed my interest right away:

She knows how much I love to watch the neighborhood birds at the feeders! And right beside the bird book is a foil transfer for a Christmas t-shirt or something. I haven't read the directions yet, but it looks like it could be a cool thing to do.

There was some flannel:

and a vest pattern that is way too small for me, and not my daughter's taste, but is fabric I love, so will probably cut into pieces for something specific.

I immediately tossed all the cotton items into the wash, and they're waiting to be ironed and stacked together. A couple of them are very large pieces, with sturdy texture, and will make a couple of nice grocery bags--if I can get my act together to just do them.

Some of the fabrics she sent were polyester, or polyester blend, as I found out when I did the burn test. Since I make all my quilts out of cotton, and try to use quilt-shop fabric because I might participate in a swap and senior moments sometimes prevent me from remembering where I got my fabric, I wasn't sure how I was going to use them. Some are perfect for Halloween this year, though the exact use hasn't come to me yet:

These polyester blends will be perfect in another project I'm working on.

That involves more photos and explanations, so I'll save it for a later post.

Then, Lori of Dakota City Quilter sent me a package from her summer residence:

Those strips are what she calls "noodles" and I didn't measure them, but I think they are the length of the fabric.

She included brochures and bags from the Visitors' Center where she volunteers:

Someday, maybe we'll make it up there.

Lastly, here's my haul from the moving sale of My Quilt Shoppe. (Yes, that's actually the name of it.) OH, the deals they had! Fats were only 75 cents! Yardage was 60% off and if you took the bolt, it was 70% off!

I yielded to temptation. I bought 3 yards of this luscious pink rose fabric and 2 yards of the rosy pink check to go with it--and have absolutely no idea what I'm going to do with them. Something will come to me, I'm sure.

If those weren't enough, 22 fat quarters jumped into my basket. Really, they did!

AND, they were also getting rid of some of their props and displays and I fell hard for this mirror:

I love the detailing:

Where will I put it? Beats me. I might even offer it to my daughter, who's moving to a larger rental next week. I don't know. I just couldn't bear the thought of missing out on it, and it was only $10.00. You see how I just couldn't walk past it, don't you?

So that explains why my stash is so bloated this week and there's absolute chaos in my sewing room.

But hey, the retail therapy was very beneficial. I am so much easier to live with this week. 8^D


MightyMom said...

cute sneakers!!

that red flowered heavy fabric I have a bag she made out of and when I saw the scraps thought you your bags for J-man :-)

save that rose'll go great with what I'm sending...soon, I promise, I'll go and find it tonight.

Catherine said...

Great goodies! No wonder you couldn't resist that mirror! The frame is fantastic!

Libby said...

What fun - all that new stash will make for some creativity real soon *s* Who could resist a gift or a sale?

Lynda said...

Sales are wonderful things for building the stash! I think you should buy what you like - you're bound to use it sooner or later.

Lori in South Dakota said...

retail therapy IS better than drugs!!

jillquilts said...

Hey, you made out great!! Woo hoo!!!

audreypawdrey said...

You made out like a bandit! Look at all the beautiful fabrics you will have to create equally beautiful things from in the future-the sale was put to good use!