Wednesday, September 21, 2011

New Venture with an unexpected Treasure!

Long time no talk, or see either. Several weeks ago an acquaintance and I were at a mutual birthday party and she invited me to attend a Quilter's Guild meeting that she and her mother attend in town about 45 miles away. Well, yesterday I traveled with them and had a delightful time. Becky (acquaintance now friend) and Alice (her mother) were a joy. Alice is 90 and has made a gazillion quilts!!! And hand quilted most of them. The meeting was okay, but the ladies were friendly and welcoming (as most quilter's are). They had a group project and I just visited and worked a little on hand work. But the highlight of the day was Alice and I went "shopping!". The guild had received several boxes of fabric - in all shapes and sizes - and they needed to be "removed" from the storage. So everyone would sift through and get what they wanted! So Alice and I took our time and each got several treasures - she is quite the convincing shopper - told me that I "needed" just about every piece I picked up!!! But I did score!!! I came home and washed and pressed all the pieces so I'm ready to go!!! (like I need one more thing to work on - buy hey I bet none of you could have turned down free fabric!!!!)

Aren't these lovely calicoes!!!

 This piece I picked up to make a donation baby quilt. The guild provides baby quilts for the hospital needs.

These fabrics just caught my eye. Love the tulips on the blue pieces.

But this piece is my "real find of the day"!!! a full 1 1/2 yards!! I'm taking suggestions about how to use it!! I'm thinking with reds and browns, but not sure what pattern. Aren't the stage coaches adorable!!



Janet O. said...

I've never been to guild meeting, but maybe free fabric would tempt me to go!
Are you thinking of fussy cutting the stagecoaches? Maybe they could be in the corners and center of a 9-patch block. I don't know--I am not real creative about things like that. But I will be anxious to see what you come up with!

Maureen said...

We have a free table at our meetings. People bring in fabrics, etc. from home. I almost always find something. I love the old calicos and they are quite abundant on the free table. I had to chuckle when I saw that Barbara Brackman is releasing a line of reproduction 1960's calicos next month.