Friday, April 29, 2016

Exploring the Boxes

Not much sewing going on around here lately.  I worked outside one day, and in the barn sanding some reclaimed furniture.  (Nothing to show for that yet.)  I have been working on the fabric I received from my MIL during the great basement clean out. You can read about it here.

Since most of the stuff from the MIL was dropped in the barn, and we were trying to get ready for the sale DH decided to bring in the fabric so I could sort through it.

Two big totes, and three boxes, as well as some fiberfill stuffing.

I opened a box and started.  In one small box I pulled out this pile.
All of this is yardage.  At least 3-6 yards.  Most of it are colors which were popular a few years ago, but they could come in handy as backings.  I thought they may be a blend, but I did the flame test and they are all cottons.

More yardage in smaller amounts and pillow ticking.  I figure I could save the pillow ticking and instead of buying pillow forms I will make my own using the ticking.  I had a bolt of polyfiber batting, which I tried to donate to the quilt guild but they decided they didn't want to use that kind anymore, so I will use it to stuff pillows.

I opened this box and there were oodles of cut up pieces.  They look like vintage sheets which had been cut up.  They were not square, some were cut up and had huge blank spaces in the middle and only small pieces of the motif, and you can see the lovely poison green looking fabrics.  There were also a bunch of HST that were sewn all wonky with some really neat fabrics.
I actually took them apart, and started sewing them together again, and I will square them up with my bloc_loc rulers.

I cut some 5 inch squares, and strips, 2 1/2 inch strips, 2 inch strips, and 1 1/2 inch strips, hexies, and tumblers.
Here you can see some of the tumblers that I have cut.  While cutting I have also been cleaning up my scraps. 
There is also some holiday cuts.  Isn't this cute with the bunnies and carrots?  I really need to be able to finish going through these boxes.  I am down to one full tote, another part, and one box.  I always wonder how people go through gift boxes of fabric so quickly and get it into their scraps systems etc.  Maybe I am too distracted with life to focus that much.


  1. good thing its all usable for quilting. You always need cotton fabric

  2. Wow! Lots of good stuff in those totes! Worth cleaning out the basement for, lol.

  3. wowza. good for you to organize and cut it.

  4. You did find a lot of useable stuff-good for you....good luck on your weekend sale....hugs, Julierose

  5. Looks like you are having fun. Some treasures in there, for sure. Hope the rest of it is as much fun.

  6. Looks like treasure to me. Some fun fabrics and lots of that yardage will work super well for backing.

  7. Looks like you are very busy! My mom had lots of fabric that wasn't really my style so I donated most of it. Some was good for backing, though.


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