A few works-in-progress. This pile of fabric came from a fun fabric swap with Trish. I'm putting together a Christmas quilt. Don't ask me what I'm doing, I really don't know myself. I'm kind of making it up as I go along. I had one thing in mind and I tried it and didn't like it, so I hacked some more up and I'm trying something else. I like how I can now refer to my quilting mistakes as "improv quilting" and sound so much more creative and cool all at the same time. I will share the final results win or loose.
After the last post, a few people asked me how I find my good thrift finds. Here it is: sheer luck. I have no great tips or secrets. I don't have a ton of time to scour every thrift store and I don't want to accumulate a lot of stuff I don't need, so I'm pretty selective. In fact I have just one that I hit on occasion. Maybe it helps that I generally just stick with the one because I know exactly where to go in that store and I can do a pretty quick walk through of my hot spots. And it's totally hit or miss. Sometimes I find something fantastic, most of the time not. The last time I went I spent about 10 minutes because I had kids with me and we were only supposed to be looking for Halloween costumes and embroidery hoops. No luck that day. I just happened to take a detour past the pyrex and spotted the green bowl. Total luck. That's all.
This last time I went I was dropping off 4 giant bags worth of cleaned-out-closets (LOVE that feeling). I ran in to check for hoops and got lucky. But didn't come home with much else. Just totally hit or miss. Luckily for me, it was a hit that day.
And finally, a little pile of inspiration. I recently ordered a bunch of random fabrics from Fresh Squeezed Fabrics. Some Ruby, Sandi Henderson's Secret Garden, a Strawberry Fields print that I love, a little Joel Dewberry, . . and when they arrived I was so smitten with how they looked all together. I feel another project coming on.
Hope Saturday is (was?) good where you are. It's a rainy, blustery day here. Perfect for staying inside and working on projects and not feeling guilty because I should be outside doing yard work.
Also thanks for the very nice comments on the last post. There were some I could not respond to personally because they didn't have email addresses attached, but I was very touched by all of them. Thank you, thank you.
And I'm linking up to WIP Wednesday!