thinking of winter and warm quilts on the bed

Every year the small town across Bull Shoals Lake has town wide garage sales. Its been OK sometimes but other times it is either the dirtiest stuff you’ve ever seen or someone buys commercial things and sets up a show room…not my idea of good sales. It was cold and rainy on Friday and Ron and I had some work to get done at home so we waited until Saturday to go across the dam..

The first place we stopped didn’t look like much but I spied a large jar I thought would be useful in the dye room so I hopped out while Ron kept the motor running…remember it was COLD!  That jar was plastic so it wouldn’t do and I thought it was a wasted stop. Then I turned around and under a table was a bin of…….QUILT TOPS.  Not vintage yet, but probably from the 90’s judging by the tiny floral calico fabrics used.

The lady said her mother was the quilter and she has over 200 finished ones. She begged me to take the quilts for $20 for the entire box. I didn’t  take the time to look closely because they had to be worth a few dollars each, right? I whipped out a 20 and the lady stuffed some strip piecing templates, rotary cutter and mat and sewing machine attachments in the box. What a deal.

The box had 5 tops in it. 2 were king size, 2 twin/full and one baby. The twin/full ones could benefit from borders to make them queen size. I decided to keep this one and have it quilted. It has a modern quilt look to it. My friend Susan Berres is going to help me baste it. Then I should be able to quilt it on my Sunshine 16.  There is nothing as cozy on cold nights as a cotton quilt!


Miles of Garage Sale Weekend

Miles of garage sales started Friday..I went by myself but Ron went with me on Saturday. After a Saturday breakfast buffet at the Village Wheel we were off on the hunt.

My best finds:
A 15 In Magnavox flat panel tv for $5. It is installed  in my new studio.
An 18K gold cameo pin/pendant for $2.  I could sell it to pay for my addiction to fiber, but I think I will keep it around for awhile.
A vintage French silver watch band for 5 cents.
A Black Hills Gold tie bar for 75 cents.
About 5 yds of 3 different Kaufman fabrics $1.50
and a large-ish box of vintage gimp for $5.

I saw a Hinterberg long arm frame for $300, but she was taking offers….hard to pass up but I need to concentrate on using what I have. It nearly killed me not to go back on Saturday to see if they sold it.

As we were heading home for lunch we stopped at one last sale.  I purchased vintage quilt tops  3 for $10, a sack of 5 skeins Caron cotton yarn for $1 and 2 great quilt books at $2 each.

I haven’t taken any photos yet but I’ll post them through out the week.  So much fun!!!






Vintage Quilt Top Find

Yesterday on my way home from exercise class I stopped at a thrift shop and one estate sale. The thrift shop coughed up this vintage Brick Road pattern quilt top for $3. It was a long skinny piece that I split and stitched together to make a lap quilt that will measure apx. 42×55. Plenty of room to get cozy this winter.

The estate sale had some sewing things and a  cotton batt for $1 decided to go home with me. Since I finished my mindless crochet throw I needed some easy hand work to do while I watch trash TV at night. I think this will be wonderful when it is done for only $4. I took a few photos of some of my favorite fabrics in the piece. Oddly enough I have had some of these fabrics in the past. I really love the deer and they remind me of Jay McCarroll’s Woodland Wonderland line of fabric from FreeSpirit. Find it here