Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thrifting and 10 Quilty Secrets

Last weekend I went to an epic estate sale of a deceased quilter.  Good or bad, I only discovered it on the last day of the sale- which means I probably missed out on a lot of great stuff but it also means that the third party running the sale was much more willing to lower prices.

I couldn't resist this box of vintage silk small thread spools, I want to somehow use them to decorate my sewing room:

And this is most of the rest of my haul: a light box (for paper piecing- my most exciting find!), lots of paper piecing supplies, tons of interfacing, a dressmaker's ham (for ironing curves), and a few other items.

New topic:  I can't resist any longer, I want to play along with the "10 Quilty Little Secrets" of 13 Spools.  Here we go:

1.  I don't prewash my fabric ever: not for clothes, not for the color red.  I only make the exception for flannel and even then I don't always pre-wash.
2.  I am super cheap.  I rarely buy any sewing item- especially fabric- for full price.  Finding a bargain is part of the fun.
3.  I don't like pre-cuts and any fat quarter collection I buy will inevitably be distributed among numerous projects.
4.  I rarely shop locally and prefer online shopping and I don't feel bad about this.  Local shops rarely have sales, do not carry the items I want, and have hours that cater to retired empty nesters.
5.  I love the color blue but I rarely use it- I gravitate more towards warmer colors.  I prefer brights and wish some of my favorite designers would stop doing pastels so much.
6.  I still love reading blogs and prefer it to Instagram.
7.  I blog because I really like doing so.  I don't get why so many bloggers act like it is such a chore- why do it if you don't enjoy it?
8.  I join guilds to meet people and make friends who have similar interests as me.  Learning something new is a bonus.
9.  Being in guild leadership was tough.  Too much drama for me, I am taking a break for an indefinite amount of time.
10.  I keep most of what I make even though it seems very fashionable to give everything away.  I am working on letting go more- but I find it difficult to make something with another's tastes in mind.  Also, most people are very appreciative of handmade gifts but I guess I have let the few negative experiences become too powerful.

How about you?  What are your quilty secrets?  Linking up with 13 Spools.


Kristyn @ Melon Patch Quilts said...

Guild drama is the worst! I quit the executive and being a member all together for years but did join the local MQG last year. Thankfully the members are amazing and friendly!

Needle and Foot said...

Totally agree with 2, 4, and. 6. I love thrifting for good fabric finds. I have been really lucky with this lately. I enjoyed your list!

NM_Creatrix said...

I love #7. I too blog for me, and do not really care if anyone else reads my blog or not. I use it like a diary, and love the 10 quilty secrets! Mine are at

LA Paylor said...

I relate to 6.7.8.and 10

I prewash not because of bleeding although uneven shrinkage and bleeding are a mess, but because of chemicals in the finishing of mass produced fabric. After a few years I because very sensitive to them.
Going to look around your blog, I love blogs and blogging! It's a connection thing. Bet you are an extrovert?
LeeAnna at not afraid of color