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No excuse to not learn quilting

August 30, 2011 2 comments

A friend of mine had a large yard sale this past weekend, to help raise money for the Canadian Kidney Foundation. Nothing there was priced; if you wanted something, you made a donation of what you wanted to pay for it. In one of the boxes, I found a large number of fabric squares, and I paid $2.65 for them all. I feel guilty about even that, because I know they’re worth far more, but that was all the money I had at that moment.

I think most of the fabrics are from samples, probably from things like curtains. They’re not quilting cottons. Nevertheless, I know that I can make something from them, and this gives me a really good chance to learn how to quilt properly.


The pictures above are the fabrics that mostly have the same sort of feel to them, so they’ll probably work out best if I’m going to make a quilt. Anything there that doesn’t match the same sort of feel will probably end up being my practice pieces, so I can get used to thinks by making a patchwork pillow or two, or something of the sort.


This piece has a very different feel from the others. It’s like it’s rough-woven, the threads varying between thick and thin. I don’t know what I’m going to do with it yet, but I’m sure an idea will come to me eventually.


These are the little pieces. Most of the fabric pieces are 9-12 inches wide, but these are only about half that size. If they don’t become part of a patchwork pillow, I’ll probably turn them into little drawstring pouches. I used to love making those when I was younger.


This last piece is destined to become 2 pot-holders. It’s thicker than the others, and feels like it might have been part of a little kitchen handtowel. It’s all one piece even though it looks like somebody has pieced it together from patches, and it occurred to me that if I can find some good lining and something to use as trim, then I could very easily turn this one piece of sturdy and soft fabric into 2 very practical and pretty pot-holders!

I feel a little guilty at only having paid $2.65 for all of this fabric, when I know that it’s worth so much more. When I get some more money, I’m going to make a larger donation to the Kidney Foundation to make up for it. Otherwise I know it will weigh on my conscience!

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Starting a quilting stash

June 4, 2011 1 comment

Quilting is something I’ve wanted to learn how to do for a long time, but also for a long time, I didn’t have the money to get supplies. Needles and thread can be cheap, but the actual material can get pricey. Sometimes local second-hand stores would have bags of fat quarters for a decent price, but usually when I didn’t have any money to spend on them.

But seeing as how my birthday is coming up, I decided to treat myself to a little something.


Each pack holds five pieces of material, and were only $1.50 each. I bought all seven of them that were on the store shelf!

They individual pieces aren’t a bad size, either.


Average-sized paperback book thrown in for size comparison.

So with 35 pieces that size, and considering I spent only a little over $10 for all of them together, I figure that’s a good start-up for learning how to quilt. I’ll probably start with something simple, just a block quilt, because as with anything, I know I’m going to make mistakes in the beginning, and I don’t want to make something very complicated and just increase the amount of mistakes I’ll make.

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