Forgot to say, my all-time best score was at a day-school's resale shop. A Neiman-Marcus gentleman's periwinkle cashmere cardigan with metal buttons and nice pockets for - wait for it - wait for it - $2. That was in 1983 and I still have it in nice condition and still wear it. I figure it was new and some man finally told his wife, I'm never wearing that purple color. Send it to the school's sale. Bless him! That was when I was dressing my children out of that shop because of hubby in grad school and living on very little income!
Awesome quilt story. I think sometimes some of the burden of responsibility falls to the giver for not helping the person to understand the gift of their time and skill. Or for choosing to give such an extravagant gift to someone who has no understanding of it. It's like giving fine art to someone who would be pleased with a coloring book! Treasure your beautiful new quilt.
I fully agree! I treasure the quilt immensely, hopefully, what I have done will have just increased it's value. I also hope my stitching is similar enough that it will not look out of place or like the quilt had been added to.
I don't usually Shop at yard sales. This past summer during the 127 yard sale, the county fair grounds rented spaces. I thought I would stop and look not intending to buy any thing. I walked along the first booth and some fabric caught my eye. I asked how much for this piece. He said that came as a box. The box was $3. Told him I would take it. He said he had 2 more each $3. I took those also. He said what about this stuff in a shoe box for $1. I looked and saw a coup of zippers. So I took it also and another shoe box of stuff. I think there was about 15 zippers, besides some other things. The fabric had several pieces of 2 and 3 yard pieces and lots of shorter ones. One box had other things besides fabric including 3 patterns. I paid $17 in all. My daughter and granddaughter looked at every place they stopped. My granddaughter found a bag of cotton fabric for $5.00. The last day of the sale, I went by the stand to see if he had gotten any more. He hadn't but right next to him was another booth with some fabric, being sold by the piece. I did want any of it except 1 piece of pre-quilted i bought it from the lady for either 3 or 5 dollars. As I was leaving the man said I see you found my wife. I cleaned up. My daughter bought a fairly new sheet sat, that I can cut up for cotton fabric. The sheets didn't fit our beds.
Sounds like you had a great day finding treasures! So often people do not think about just how much material there is in sheet sets or even a shower curtain, and then the value of that yardage, never mind the value of zippers and buttons. You will be stitching with those boxes of material for months!
I really enjoyed reading how you rescued and upcycled the quilt. It sounds beautiful. I also enjoy yard sales, flea markets and thrift shops. About 3 years ago, I purchased a Triple Irish Chain quilt, with matching pillow shams, pillows, one curtain, and a long-eared bunny rabbit. It was a steal for $30. Joyce
Yes $30 was another awesome find! Puts a smile on your face like the day you found that deal!