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One Man's Trash…Giveaway!

One man's trash…is another man's treasure.


Nowhere is this more true than in our circles of quilting friends and acquaintances. My homet0wn guild had a little garage sale at its April meeting. I've been looking forward to it since February! A while back I started a garage sale box, and into the box went anything in my sewing area that I wasn't attached to any more. There was quite a variety.

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Needlebook and pincushion: cute and useful, but I have lots of these.

 

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UFO center panels: these were interchangeable in the center of a long, skinny quilt in a picture frame. No longer my style.

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More center panels, no longer useful.

 

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A table runner UFO from really cool fabric—which matches nothing I own.

 

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A baby quilt that appeared in Quiltmaker, now it's a UFO. I'm hesitant to get rid of this one.

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A sample block made for a quilt design of mine that later appeared in Quiltmaker.

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Framed photos of quilts that I found at a garage sale in Parker, Colorado years ago. No longer my style.

 

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Does this really need explanation? It could a blog post all by itself. Entitled "Projects Gone Bad.'

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Just in case the first picture wasn't scary enough, here's a detail.

I feel compelled to add here that the teacher in whose class I started this project is an amazing art quilter who does fabulous work. Her name is Pamela Allen. When she does it, it's cool. When I tried it wasn't. I think that just means you can't speak in someone else's voice—you have to find your own. This was definitely not Pamela's fault.

 

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A "blended" quilt top from ages ago. Looks like mush to me. Hesitant on this one, too because I paid a small fortune for the silly kit.

So those were some of my contributions.

 

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But now to the fun part! You have to see what I scored at the quilters' garage sale!

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I'm pretty sure I missed some great stuff because I was busy taking pictures when I should have been shopping. Nevertheless, I found some treasures.

 

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A perfectly awesome book by Ringle and Kerr for two dollars!

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Really fun vintage pamphlet with 15 quilt patterns!

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Vintage cross-stitch blocks, 4 for $1. See how great they look with some of my reproduction fabrics?

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Three funky blocks like this for 25 cents total. Way cool fabric in the center!

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This is my favorite of the vintage fabrics in these blocks. I love it!

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And the Mother Lode, the Holy Grail, the be-all-end-all Deal of the Day: 42 vintage Four Patch blocks for a whopping $1.50. That's less than four cents apiece.

Because, and here comes the best part of all, you won't believe what I made with these babies over the weekend! It's a quirky, fun Bonnie Hunter-style quilt top with a boatload of unpredictable fabrics that all tie together in the end. Stay tuned, and maybe it will show up in Quiltmaker next year.

I have started another box of quilters' garage sale goodies. Leave me a comment by midnight April 24 telling what your dream find at a quilters' garage sale would be, and I will pick a winner, who gets the entire contents of my latest box (and I promise there will be some good stuff in there).

 

 

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