Wednesday, June 13, 2012

It followed me home....

Yesterday I was browsing Craigslist looking for vintage sewing machines.   I found several listings from one lady in Indy trying to sell her mom's quilting stuff.  I had to sell off my mom's stuff four years ago and empathized greatly.  I contacted her because I was interested in three of the kits.  I was just trying to be helpful.  I swear I didn't do it for me.

This morning after my doctor appointment I went to her home and bought those three kits.....and got directions to her dad's where the rest of the stuff was.  Well, I drove all the way there. It was out of my way.  It would have been foolish to drive there and NOT buy.  Right?  That is my story and I am sticking to it.

This is my "haul" from two locations.  Generally, I stop at a quilt shop when I go to the doctor.  Kind of like getting an ice cream cone if you got a shot when you were a kid.  Today I did not.  I figured I had done enough already.

That double wedding ring is all pre-cut.  The fabrics are 30s reproduction and it just screams MARY!  The one on the left is called Williamsburg, I believe.  If I pulled out the green and put a navy in, it would be very patriotic.

It is hard for me to resist a good buy on 30s stuff.....and red.  I love red.  I am not a fan of Sun Bonnet Sue but they are not preprinted.  So, I will make my own redwork!  Who doesn't need another charm pack at $3?

The reason these patterns look so red is because I was on my deck under the red umbrella.  Not taking them again.  I just couldn't resist the pump or the windmill.  I have always loved both.  The goldfish pond in my back yard recirculates through an old pump like I used until I left home.

Girl stuff is easy to find.  Some day I may have grand sons.

Okay, these aren't for me.  The snowman is for my aunt and patriotic is for my sister.

I think this will make a great baby quilt as will the Spring Babies on the bottom right of the first photo.

I also bought a crochet book,  couple of zippers, a ring for a lanyard and that preprinted piece for practicing quilting.

Jay and Amy were both super nice people.  I am glad to help them out.  But they may have been nice to me because I spent $218 on all this stuff! I let all this stuff hop into my Explorer to come home with me.

I have to start giving people whatever I make instead of what they request.  No more buying!  I don't want my family to be trying to dispose of my stuff in the same way.

I understand why people have give always, now.  It isn't just being nice.  It is making room for more!!!

Side note:  In March at retreat I said I had never bought a kit.  Today I bought six!!  I also ordered two last month.  At least, if I get fired tomorrow, I can sew without spending a dime for about 6 months.

Keep stitchin'  (it is necessary to justify the "keep buying"!)



  1. Heavens woman, you're like the Pied Piper of quilters!!

  2. How sweet of you to "adopt" all that quilting stuff... It's very important to help the "homeless" notions, fabric and patterns! Maybe we should start a "homeless quilt stuff" charity- fundraising to support the cause!

  3. I really was just trying to do the right thing. I gave them all a home other than a barn waiting to be bought. LOL

  4. Good for you, Mary! I think you got some great bargains. How could you resist?? I wouldn't have been able to pass them up! Good job!!

  5. Looks like you got a great haul -- congratulations!

  6. OH, too bad we couldn't go together and call ourselves a "support group." It looks like a lot of fun! Enjoy!

    ps--Just to make yourself feel better, calculate what retail would have been. You will be very happy and feel thrifty!


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