Sunday, November 18, 2012

Vacation Fun; Thrift Stores, Fabric Warehouses, and other Cool Stuff.....

         We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.     ― George Bernard Shaw 

 I had a couple of great days visiting with Irene at the ranch and now am having another wonderful time with my kids......
My son and I went to a few Thrift Stores, garage sales and fabric warehouses and today my DIL's parents will come up and we will go to some craft fairs.........I am in my element!
We went to one thrift store and it seemed like almost everything we bought there cost $2.87.....I'm thinking their prices somehow were geared to total up a whole number when the bill was totaled because we both bought items totaling up to $18 even............well anyway.........I found some real fabric bargains there............someone had worked so hard on this crazy quilt made of old neckties........even embroidering the seams with some beautiful stitching..................
    
 so sad that it ended up in somebody's "trash" but I'm going to take good care of it....I will probably take the old backing off of it and do something different but I love the top.......
I also found this drunkard's path top that somebody had never finished with a backing...................
 It is made of denim and homespun plaid together with a yellow mottled cotton print.  It is really beautiful but not something that is really "me" so  I think I will finish it with a homespun backing and make it a charity quilt......again, a shame that someone "threw it out" but nice that Ida found it......lol

I also found a 4 yard piece of nice flannel and a gorgeous rayon cover-up scarf that I thought would make a great table cover since I haven't had the nerve to put a bathing suit on in quite awhile.....haha
 
 and, yes.........................all of these treasures cost me $2.87 each!

Today we will be making some stepping stones so Nana can have some handprints from the Grands to take home with her......and also we are going to make some snow globes for Christmas..............I love this "Nana time"............................

Ok then I am going to say Ta-Ta for now........I started this post yesterday and if I don't publish it now it may not make it for another day........... so I will talk to you next time.................

9 good friend(s) left a comment:

Anthea said...

Some amazing finds there Ida, good on you giving new life to the quilts.
enjoy your Grandie time!
x

Kat said...

Awesome finds!! I especially love the quilt top made with the ties. My dad was a teacher for almost 40 years and he wore a tie every single day. It sort of became "his thing" (as he wore them long after the days he was required to). His students would bring him ties for Christmas, his birthday, end of the year. He probably has at least 200-300 in his closet, in all shapes, colors and sizes. Now he's retired and only wears a tie to church on Sunday. I wonder if I could get him to part with some of them, so I could make him a quilt that would be a memory of his many years of teaching. Can you tell on that quilt if the whole tie is sewn in (including the "folds" that go to the back of the tie) or just a piece cut from the front?

Anita said...

That's so cool! Sounds like you had an amazing time.

shez said...

so glad you are having a great time Ida and some great buys there,enjoy your day.xx

Hilachas said...

Yes, your visit was fun. So glad you came to "the ranch." I know you're having a wonderful time with your sons and grandsons. AND bargain time in Texas, I see. You go girl!

Missy Shay said...

Wow, what great finds! I want a crazy quilt!

Needled Mom said...

You are in your element! It sounds like such fun and you found some great deals too. It is always a shame to see the work end up in the "trash", but it is great when someone else can appreciate it.

Janet said...

That is a beautiful tie quilt! And I love the blue and yellow one as well. When I was in our one thrift store the other day another women and I were both looking through the fabric bins and she showed me a piece of green netting that was about 5 inches x 5 inches, only it was in an irregular shape. It was marked at$1. Anywhere else it would have been in a free bin or maybe even thrown in the garbage. The ties I bought were 50 cents each, with 25 % off as it was senior's day (although I don't think the woman really believed I am a senior).

Fabric Store said...

Its wonderful and amazing tie quilt. I will definitely try to make this type of quilt. Thanks for giving this such great idea to share it.