Most people that know me know that I love yard sales. It's a "hobby" that has enabled our family to enjoy a lot of things that we couldn't afford to buy new. It also is a money-making endeavor that I can pursue pretty easily as a stay at home mom (I buy used books and movies and sell them online). Attending yard sales after having had a new baby is happening now because the baby is taking a bottle: HALLELUJAH! (My first two wouldn't, so this is a new freedom for me.)
So this past Saturday, I heard about a woman unloading tons of her fabric at a yard sale at $2 per yard. This woman seriously had at least eight tables full of stacked fabric, all folded and measured neatly. Apparently, she had worked at a fabric shop until she was 75 years old and decided she'd rather travel than sew when she finally stopped working. Later I told my husband that I hope that my family will enjoy choosing my completed quilts to keep rather than having the burden of unloading a massive stash after I've died!
In years past, I would buy any thrifted fabric I came across, but I've finally learned to be very selective. I love vintage/retro- looking fabrics. Their quality can often be questionable, which is why I try to avoid using them in quilts. Most of the fabric at the yard sale was not my style but I found several gems and only ended up spending about $8.
On Sunday afternoon I took a nap and therefore couldn't sleep that evening. I stayed up late and made this tote from the book: Make It, Take It: 16 Cute and Clever Projects to Sew with Friends. The tote pattern is by Ayumi of Pink Penguin. Ayumi's style is impeccable! I really like how this bag turned out, mixing black and white prints with colorful fabrics is one of my favorite things to do. It's hard to let go, but I am giving this away on my personal facebook page. I am sure I will make myself another.
I recently organized my vintage fabric stash and it really inspired me to use more of the thrifted finds I've acquired over the years. It makes me pretty happy that I put some of the newest stash additions to use so swiftly!
Linking up to Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.
Total stash fabric used in this post: .5 yards
Total stash fabric used since 1/1/15: 74.5 yards
Total stash fabric used to date: 75 yards