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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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