I haven't done a "thrifting post" in a while. Confession: I am a die-hard yard sale fanatic. My parents raised six kids on one income and stretched their pennies by buying second-hand. As I was growing up, I hated it. But now I am converted and I have experienced the fun of finding various treasures while saving a lot of money. I always look for sewing items but I try to be selective because I do not need to take home every ugly fat quarter I see. The good things I find now and then include new pillow forms, polyester stuffing, zippers, the occasional quilt top, fun vintage fabric, and once I found an awesome vintage sewing machine.
Anyway, I have started going to yard sales here in Colorado and it's been awesome. This area is so dense with people (admittedly a negative in many ways) - and these people move A LOT (there are four military bases here)- so there are always moving sales and people eager to lighten their load.
A few weeks ago, I picked up this vintage quilt top for $1. It is quite well done and well preserved: no holes or open seams. It's just a shame that the maker used such a busy fabric as sashing.
I've picked up a few odds and ends at different sales. The apple/pear fabric was free. The rest of the stuff, all together, was about $4.
Anyway, I am continuing to plug along at my Jacob's Ladder quilt but it's really tedious. I finally did find that 2D Zoo fabric I was looking for on Etsy for only $7 per yard and free shipping. The selvedge says "2003" - so no wonder it was hard to find! I am still racking my brain on what pattern to choose to make my friend a sweet baby girl quilt with these fun zoo-themed prints. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!
My sister is living with us until her job restarts with the school year in mid-August. It's awesome having her around. It's been a while since I've shown off some of her amazing cross stitch creations. The "hip" piece is for a friend of hers that is a physician's assistant. My kids are fighting over who gets the other piece.