I have rarely participated in Black Friday. I happen to think it’s a ploy to rob me. But this year was different. I actually called my mother to invite her along. Stop The Press!!
Yes there was some urgency.
There was a notice in our paper that the owner of this shop had passed away. And they are selling her fabric at a significantly lower price and closing shop. This local business has been a very big blessing in our area. We live an hour in any direction from the nearest big chain fabric store. (Until recently, we acquired a Hobby Lobby) But let’s get real. This was the Ultra fabric stop for serious quilters.
Mom and I decided to check out the bargains and show our support for the family. This must be difficult for them.
Below is my ‘haul’. I am planning some serious sewing this coming year.
Plain and simple, the vegies I usually plant for a later harvest have struggled.
So to compensate, I dug through my stash of old sheets and between the hubby and I, came up with an idea that just might do the trick.
I present the Cucumbers of July 16, 2018 complete with sunburn and impending death.
What our young cucs needed was some relief in the form of shade. So I looked into the mesh shade cloth that you see at greenhouses and larger gardens.
It’s very nice, but I want to save a few pennies. That’s the whole point of gardening right?! Grow your own vegies to save on the grocery bill? And of course there’s the flavor 😉
So here’s what we came up with. Two giant ‘sails’. Really just a curtain with rod pockets at top and bottom. Some old pipe came in handy to attach it to our raised bed. And when storm clouds rise or the weather turns fair, we gather it in the middle and tie it up until danger of getting ripped passes.
Taken just 1 week after assembling this shade curtain. And I will admit to having some nice rainfall to help the situation. Just a good all around combination.
And here’s the mandatory garden view.
Adding this post to my new page, “Free Tip Friday”. New content on the way!
Shopping on eBay gave me an opportunity to share in the Weekly Photo Challenge on this Sunday afternoon. Some lovely fabrics that you can’t find in the stores around here are my display in collage style. I’ve been lucky to find this very reputable seller who has somehow acquired many beautiful fabrics. Now to sort fabrics into color schemes———-a collage for another day.
During the month of April, I’m participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge for my 4th year in a row – 3 of which are on this blog. Each day, except Sundays, there will be a post for the letter of the day as well as keeping with my personal theme of Quilts and Quotes. Feel free to leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you! Also check out the other A to Z’ers in the comment section of the Official A to Z Blog Page.
The light and dark of a quilt are to give contrast. It can give such dramatic appearances.
You can use light thread on a dark fabric as well to change the effect.
The light and dark can also give a 3-D illusion as in the Tumbling Blocks quilts.
A wave quilt is another take on dimension.
And last but not least are the photo quilts where pieces are combined to reproduce a picture, face, or scenery in a realistic fashion.
And this my friends is why quilters, sewists and other fibre-creative persons have a ‘stash’ of supplies. You never know when a certain color will come in handy.
Can I get an Amen?
(thanks to Pinterest for the above examples)
and now for my “Q” quilt block for the Challenge…..
For one block, this one works up very quickly. It could double as an X quilt block, but the quilt book author didn’t see it that way.
“Quilt in Light and Dark” is not the fanciest name for a quilt block, but for the sake of this Letter Q, I’m thankful the author had this one single suggestion in her book for Q.
One Quote for the Day:
Join me again tomorrow for more of the April A to Z Blog Challenge 2017!
Been doing some deep cleaning lately. Got a bag of fabric about a year ago from an auction and had it in my utility room waiting for a good wash. Spent the last couple days getting that accomplished. Here’s the before in a vacume sealed bag……
Here’s an after being washed view of the top of the pile…………..
Here’s the bottom.
All for $1!
There was also a tiny bottle of Jack Black hidden in a little crocheted bag. This lady who had collected these gems was deceased and the family was having the auction. I love that she had the stash of fabric but I love it even more that she had her little secret bottle hidden away. And no, I don’t have a secret bottle just fyi. 😉