Friday, October 13, 2017

Quick Update and Two Finishes

We're not rich ...

BUT, we came home from the garage sale with a lot of empty boxes!  I think our net profit was a little over $100 after paying for ads, signs, and price stickers.  It's amazing how dimes and quarters can add up.

It's always fascinating what sells.  I didn't really expect the antique glassware to move, but was surprised I didn't get any action on bags of fabric or cross-stitch kits and supplies.   First to go was a box of disposable gloves.  We sold most of my son's stuff, including their upright freezer, which compensated him for allowing us to "borrow" his garage for the better part of a week.

I organized the leftovers into store/keep/giveaway.  Monday we took three boxes to storage; three base cabinets and two boxes of home dec and housewares went to Habitat Re-Store.

I came home with a dozen of my grandsons' shirts that didn't sell.

My daughter-in-law suggested picnic quilts for them would be a fun way to use the shirts so I started cutting them up right away before I could have second thoughts about destroying Banana Republic and American Eagle Outfitter shirts (my GSs have good taste). Side note: I saved one to wear myself!

I've decided to use this quilt, made by Jo and Kelli Kramer at Jo's Country Junction,  as my inspiration.  I am reversing the values, though, using a gray chambray where they used muslin.

I'll add another round to make a 14" block.  I have enough cut for half the blocks and will be using this as leaders/enders while at Mountain Quilt Camp next week.

Amazingly, in between sale recovery and camp preparations. I found time to put the finishing touches on two tops.

Triangle Bliss
This 30" x 40" baby quilt was made from half-square triangle pairs a modern guild member was discarding.  Still needs a good pressing.  And I'm considering a border just to help stabilize the edges.

Big Star Country
This was Alycia's mystery (Alycia Quilts) from a few months back.  You may recall I ran out of background fabric and did some nifty juggling so I could add a different fabric in the corners.  I decided not to remake the white stars that should have gone in the corners just so I could getterdun.

I also took time to lay out my Scrap Jar Stars to work on at Quilt Camp.

Scrap Jar Stars
At The Colorful Fabriholic's suggestion, I selected a white with confetti spots for my sashing.

SJS Sashing
Heading to NC later today.  Looking forward to seeing The Joyful Quilter again.  I'll try to post updates on our adventures if we have a wifi connection.

Lots of happy dancing happening on the Hillside.  Linking with Sara at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.


  1. You have been busy! I'm in love with the HST quilt, love how you assembled the lines! And the other two quilts are just as amazing! The rainbow star quilt is so pretty! Garage sales are a lot of work and it always amazes me what people buy!

  2. Fun to have a peek at all your projects! I like the shirt blocks you decided on. The sashing fabric for your stars looks perfect!

  3. Look at you go!
    Your shirts project looks like a ton of fun, and I love your sjs sashing choice!

  4. Wow, you've been busy! I love - love - love that confetti spot print.

  5. Wow! you have accomplished a lot! I love the triangles quilt, and your solution for the mystery quilt works well. The picnic quilt looks fun, and a great leader-ender project. I donated a bunch of stuff to my daughter's church's yard sale; I hate to have them myself. Have fun on your retreat! Sharon B. in Franklin

  6. Wow! fabulous quilt you're working on. I've never seen the random chevron like that done with HST, fascinating. And I really like your picnic quilt idea with all the old cool shirts (GOOD QUALITY TOO! ) I always have a hard time cutting up good shirts too, even if they're older :)

  7. Yes, you are busy, nice job on the quilts, love how you used the shirts.

  8. Love that quilt you made with leftover hst's! And Scrap Jar is dazzling! So good to see what you've been up to.

    Disposable gloves are on my shopping list...

  9. TWO completed quilt tops with plans to finish a third? Sounds like a GREAT week!! Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday afternoon. Save me a seat, if you get set-up in the sewing room before I do... PLEASE!!!!!!!!!! :o))

  10. Your Triangle Bliss quilt is just gorgeous! I love that you made it from someone else's leftover HSTs.

  11. You are really making a lot of progress on so many of your projects. Send some of that mojo my way please!

  12. You picked a great pattern for those shirts. You've done so well on getting to finishes this year. I really, really like those jar star blocks. That may have to be a RSC project for next year.

  13. Glad to know the garage sale was worth it -- not just in what you got rid of but that you've discovered the joy (hmmm) of quilting with old shirts. Have a great time at camp!

  14. Your Mystery turned out SO great!!! I love it!


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