Upcycle Exchange Loot

A couple of Sundays ago I went to an Upcycle Exchange Open House.  The cost was $10 for a paper grocery bag of items.  They collect a bunch of art supplies and you get to choose amongst the collection.  It was fun and I feel I got more than 10 dollars worth of stuff.  Plus, I now have a place to pass on my supplies I no longer need.

My bag came home filled with crafty potentials. 21 different fabric scraps – some fat quarter sized, with a beautiful skein of purple and white wool are what I found to add to my fabric and yarn stashes.

I also got some pens and drawing pencils, a circular knitting needle, a tiny calligraphy pen, a gouge tool for making stencils, some dye, some magnets, and a very cool wooden box.

It costs $15 a quarter to join.  At the monthly meetings, if you get a bag of stuff, you pay $5.  I will join in May when they have open enrollment.  I had a good time and got some great stuff.

I won a giveaway!

I entered Modify Tradition‘s giveaway.  And I won!  Crystal and Jennifer sent not only a beautiful and finely constructed pillow cover, but 5 gorgeous crocheted clothes AND 3 exciting and inspiring fat quarters in my favorite colors, plus a handful of little tags!  It was sooo fun to get home and find this in my mail box!  Thank you Modify Tradition for such a sweet gift.

Eternal Ironing

I am still ironing all my new fabric.  I am maybe half way thru the giant stack/mountain.  It is slow and I don’t like it, but the finished pile has grown.  I am making progress.

Nothing else sewing wise can happen until I get this fabric put away.  So the double 4 patch is on hold, as are the scrap little quilts I am making for clowder house.

I did recast on for slippers for my mom.  I have 2 rounds of the first slipper done, but that is something.

Too Much Fabric?

Well, I don’t think one can have too much fabric, as long as it is organized. Getting organized is a hurdle.  Staying organized is perhaps more a hurdle.  I acquire most of my fabric from thrift stores, but at least once a month, I spend $20 at Joann’s on fat quarters and remnants.  Usually, I wait until I have a whole load, then wash, iron, sample, fold and store. I don’t have home laundry – I use a friend or laundromat.  I kinda let the fabric pile up recently. Today was laundry day.  I used 2 80lb washers and 1 50lb washer.  One of the 80 lb ones was just fabric.  I have 3 overflowing baskets of fabric to iron, sample, fold and store.  I have no idea how many different fabrics yet.  It is a lot.  I am totally overwhelmed by the MOUNTAIN of fabric I must iron.

I am glad to have all of it.  I am thinking of all the great quilts I will make this year.  I could make everything I have made this year and it would all be different.  I don’t even know if I have enough bins to hold all the new stuff.

I had to take a break from ironing to post this, because the ironing feels too relentless – like it will never end.

But I got some really nice fabric in this pile.

I like as many different fabrics in a quilt as possible.  It is true that all colors go together if you have enough of them.  I have been collecting fabric since 2000, but seriously collecting over the past 2 years.  I went from 5 bins to 12 and I think I am gonna need more bins.

It would be easier on me if I didn’t prewash.  But I figure prewashing is best for me, because I don’t know if the thrift store stuff has been washed or not and washing everything makes all the fabric equal.

When I make a quilt, I decide what the fabric theme is – all florals, blues, reds, etc. – then I pull a fat quarters worth of each of the fabrics that fall into the theme.  Then I douse with starch and let dry. Then I stream iron.  The fabric is then ready for cutting.  I make one big quilt and one smaller quilt and little quilts with the remaining fabric.  I think this is the most efficient way for me to quilt.

But WOW, this time I really have bit off more than I can chew, or rather iron.  There are over 100 peices of fabric to iron. I have at least spread out the fabric on a table to wait for me to iron it rather than  leaving it unfolded and squashed into laundry baskets.

Some of the pieces come out of the dryer SUPER wrinkled.  I hate that.  Why can’t I pull them from the dryer and have them be wrinkle free.

So I don’t have to iron more today. I can just leave them ’till tomorrow.  An all day affair this.

Junking Thursday

I enjoyed doing the last fabric aquisition post, so I thought I’d do another.

My $9 dollars netted me a good deal of fabric.  Most of it is not quiltable, but the bright strips on the right are, so is the center front.
I don’t know what I will do with the non quiltable – maybe tote bag prototypes.

Est. Yardage Gained

Quilt:   5

Other:  15

Double Four Patch Start

I decided to make a double 4 patch quilt with the fabric leftovers from the waterwheel quilt. I have the fabric all cut and sorted and partially sewn.  I laid out the blocks in 2 big stacks, the light and dark.
I stacked them like this so that I can hopefully sew them all exactly the same way.
I think there is enough here that I am gonna end up with a bonus full size quilt. Time to sew!

Junking

You never know what you’re gonna get.  My favorite local thrift store, Value Village, has bags of assorted fabric for sale.  I always check. This bag looked risky – I could only see 2 quiltable fabrics and the rest looked to be polyester.  But I really like one i could see, so for $6, this came home with me today.

Let’s see what I end up getting. Is it all crappy poly or was it a good find?

Some, actually very nice, sheer polyester prints I’ll donate to another thrift store from which I also get fabric.

What am I keeping? Was there any cotton? Yep. 11 different and at least 1/2 yard each.

A piece of canvas, fading on top with a very Dr. Seussian print on it.  Can’t really use it, but WOW, I like it.

All in all, my money was well spent, wasn’t it?