Sunday, June 21, 2020

Quilt News, Hand Piecing Plaid Blocks, Wild Turkeys, Happy Summer!

Fountain at El Dorado Hills.

Folsom, Old Town clock tower.

Neighborhood Wild Turkey.

Hand piecing patchwork, fabric from thrift shop.

Happy summer and Father's Day!
Quilt News from alongside the river.
The weather is hot and good for morning sightseeing. 

The local wild turkeys stroll through the neighborhood in the morning looking for bugs. There are several adults and various sizes of youngsters, peeping as they scratch along. Fun to watch.

I hunted through a thrift shop and found some cotton plaid shirts, just the thing for a summer project.
I cut them up and measured out the fabric and I don't think the price I paid for them was any better than I can get for yardage using coupons at Jo Ann Fabric. And when Missouri Star Quilt Company has a Daily Deal and offers free shipping, it doesn't get better than that.
So I'm not at all won over that using thrift shop clothing is any great deal.
I suppose if you compared that price with the super expensive yardage at specialty shops, $14.00 a yard, well thrift shop old shirts are a better price.

Anyway it's a good experiment, and I think there's an art to shopping at thrift shops, the more you practice the better you get at it, so I've heard.

Happy Father's Day! I was going through old photos and found one of my Dad in his younger days, I sure miss him. He was dedicated and steady, priceless!

Hope you're making progress on projects, I'll be by to visit.
Remembering to be thankful alongside the river.


Pamela said...

Happy summer! Thanks for the report on thrift store vs. fabric stores with discounts. Great to see wild birds!

Queeniepatch said...

In thrift shops you can find material that is not possible to find in quilt shops. Especially if you are into crazy quilting and use 'fancy' fabric.
In these times of Corona, many thrift shops are closed or shunned because of the infection risk.
The plaid is very unusual for you, so I am looking forward to how you will make this quilt.

Dads can be celebrated long after they have past away. As can Mums, of course!

Ann said...

What interesting things you see on your morning trips. Congrats on your excellent thrift store finds. Clever you.

sewyouquilt2 said...

Thrift shop fabric is a find. And that Turkey is so cool

Kaja said...

I like your shirts a lot. Quilt fabrics are so much cheaper in the US than here (we pay a lot of tax on ours, so it's getting on for twice the price). This means that for me the shirts work out much better than buying yardage.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

When I was setting up my stash for crazy quilting it was back in the time when thrift stores were very cheap and it was an excellent way to get a lot of the fancier fabrics that were simply unaffordable at the fabric shops. Now the prices have risen to the point where the price point has shifted in a lot of ways. Of course it depends on the thrift store too - some are still quite reasonably priced. Looking forward to seeing what you do with the plaids!