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Valley of the Sun Quilters   Off-Topic Chat

Started 8/20/15 by KSCarolyn; 1481685 views.
Judy (DJZMOM)

From: Judy (DJZMOM)

Sep-17

LABFIEND said...

Judy (DJZMOM) said:

If I EVER talk about going to a secondhand store to look for wool garments to repurpose simply SHOOT me, KNOCK me up the side of my head or SLAP me silly!!!  THAT includes YOU Patty!!!!

YOU SLAP ME AND I WILL SLAP YOU!!!!!

It's a deal!!!

LABFIEND said...

hahahahaha, I have just as much or more and am wondering why in the world we got so carried away!! 

Yeah...  How did that happen!!!????!!!!

LABFIEND said...

We HAVE to start doing something with it!!!

I have a bunch of patterns I've accumulated from free online Sew-A-Longs.  I hate to trace patterns but I recently found photocopy freezer paper so I'm hoping that helps me a bit.  

Judy (DJZMOM)

From: Judy (DJZMOM)

Sep-17

JulietDeltaOscar (fixin2quilt) said...

If you don't use it up or re-distribute it before long, some leetle critters might find it rather tasty. 

Yes, I've been making little sachet bags of lavender in each of the 15 boxes/containers.  So far it seems to work well.  Thanks for the reminder.

 

Judy (DJZMOM)

From: Judy (DJZMOM)

Sep-17

JulietDeltaOscar (fixin2quilt) said...

I am over here looking all innocent.  No, I don't have containers full of wool, but I do have containers full of everything BUT wool (stuff from thrift stores).  I am okay if I will just stay out of the thrift stores.  Well, you know all about that.  *ahem* Texas Thrift *ahem*

And I won't even mention that San Angelo has TWO Goodwill stores and one is much better than the other one.  Don't axe me how I know this.  Heh.  

Yeah...  I thought 6 months and not able to shop at Savers or make donations I'd get out of the addiction.

NOPE!

And it's such a good cause!  Patty and I have both spent plenty at the store in Irving whose proceeds benefit the Arms of Hope charitable organization.  

https://armsofhope.org/about-us/ 

LABFIEND

From: LABFIEND

Sep-17

JulietDeltaOscar (fixin2quilt) said:

  I am okay if I will just stay out of the thrift stores.  Well, you know all about that.  *ahem* Texas Thrift *ahem*

Texas Thrift....sigh....yeah!!

And I won't even mention that San Angelo has TWO Goodwill stores and one is much better than the other one.  Don't axe me how I know this.  Heh.  

Ha!  I have tried to just stay out!!!

Have you gotten the storage  locker cleaned out yet!??  I am still waiting for the call to help empty it out!!  My latest idea is you give me the code to get in, I clean it out and take it all to SA, then you can sort thru the rejects!!  Just say the word!!

LABFIEND

From: LABFIEND

Sep-17

One of the quilt guild members just gave me a tote of wool samples.  I was excited till I saw most of them are like pant or suit material.  She has made quilts out of them.  She said she has had them for 23 years-LOL- after her hubby redid her sewing room, she cleared stuff out, and guess who she thought of!  but if I can't use them, they can go to Aunt Margaret's buddies!!  I may try making a quilt out of some and see how it washes.

LABFIEND

From: LABFIEND

Sep-17

JulietDeltaOscar (fixin2quilt) said:

And it's such a good cause!  Patty and I have both spent plenty at the store in Irving whose proceeds benefit the Arms of Hope charitable organization.  

And we are so good about supporting good causes-right!! hehe!  Good an excuse as any!

There is no more fabric in the storage unit - all that is left is boxes of books, boxes of photo albums, things in frames, lots of boxes of old personal papers, some family history stuff, some miscellaneous household items, five big plastic shelving units, lots of empty boxes and trash, and plenty of mouse/rat poop.  I have finally brought all the sewing machines and sergers home.  I am within reach of getting the rest out, but it will have to be when the weather gets much cooler.  I went back too soon while it was still too hot (and it's much more humid than here), and I really kind of overdid it due to the heat.  I'm close to getting it done when it's cool enough. 

But at least the sewing machines, sergers and all the fabric is already home.  Yay!    

I've been learning a lot about BORO stitching, and that suiting stuff is just the kind of stuff some of the boro artists use - that and denim and some indigo.  But seems like they will use just about anything.  How about trying to wash and dry ONE of the suits (or just the coat or pants) and see how it comes out before you make the whole quilt?  I really like the look of the boro stitching projects, but I will admit, it's probably not to everyone's liking.  But I like it -- would like to play with it a little bit to see if I could do a small project and still be interested.  

When I get neckties, I always put them in lingerie bags (sorted by color) and wash them with color catchers, then dry them in the dryer.  The poly ones wash up much better than the silk ones.  I discovered that a long time ago when I first became interested in using ties.  I threw away several silk ties that seemed to be absolutely destroyed by washing.  Then I decided I would only buy poly ties, as they wear great and almost never fade.  But now I think there is a way I could use those "destroyed" silk ties.  Of course, they are never going to wear as well as the poly ones, but they can be used in certain projects, even after they are washed.  

In one thrift store, I even found 4-5 lovely ties made out of Liberty of London cotton fabrics - sweet!  That stuff is hard to get here in the US, and it's very expensive.  I think I paid 99 cents for each one.  I haven't tried washing them yet.

But anyway -- washing is always my first step, to see how the fabric will hold up later when washed as a quilt.    

LABFIEND

From: LABFIEND

Sep-17

JulietDeltaOscar (fixin2quilt) said:

How about trying to wash and dry ONE of the suits (or just the coat or pants) and see how it comes out

I have not looked thru the whole box,there is a pair of pants that i see, most of it is samples in about 5 x 6 squares, don't know how it would wash, but may experiment when I get time.  If you want some for your boro projects, let me know, i will send you some!

When it gets cool enough,  I can still come down and help you finish cleaning out the storage unit.  Have truck, can travel is my motto!!  Only has 374 K miles, I am shooting for 500K, so let me know!!  

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