Monday, November 16, 2009

Give three kids a quilt

Rachel recently put out a call for quilts, and you know what a sucker I am for a good cause! This one is especially up my alley because the donation area is my old 'hood (Washington County, Oregon), and it's for young kids (and I happen to have a ton of novelty fabric). And most importantly, Rachel is happy to receive just tops and will quilt them up herself. Perfect!

I went back to my old favorite the Quick Strippie, and made three identical tops. It was a perfect pattern for these coordinating fabrics, because I had exactly enough of both prints, with just a bit left over. I also love that it's pretty gender-neutral.

Did you notice that it's another cat fabric? Yep, 5 yards down, and only about {mumble mumble couple hundred} left to go....

I suppose now is a good time to finally tell my "Best Estate Sale Ever" story.... So, last year, there was a Craigslist ad for a "quilter's dream estate sale", and it really was (for me, anyway - for other folks, it might be more like a nightmare!). I'm pretty sure the owner was one of those stereotypical crazy cat ladies - the proceeds for the sale were going to an animal shelter, all the carpet in the house was ripped out, and there were boxes upon boxes of brand new items (clothing, books and fabric) everywhere. I'm talking unopened boxes from Hancocks of Paducah! All the fabric was $1 per cut (ANY length!). I wound up buying about 300 yards of fabric for about $150. Before you get all jealous, you should know that this was mostly novelty fabrics, and mostly cat fabrics. I didn't get to the sale until nearly the end of the first day, and I still wonder about what I missed (greedy, I know!). Still, for me, it was perfect - I love to sew charity quilts, and this fabric will keep me supplied for a long, long, LONG time. And I hope the previous owner would appreciate that it's going to a good cause. Maybe not directly to the animals, but hopefully to the next generation of animal lovers.


  1. these are awesome thanks. Wonderful story to go with the fabric.

  2. That is so cool! I think you should take me estate-saleing next summer. :)

  3. So cool!!! And it sounds like they will be going to a great cause. How do you find the time? I'm in awe. :)

  4. What a great quilt for a great cause! And I love your recent rummage sale finds. I can't seem to find any great vintage sheets these days. And also thank you for the great book cover tutorial, I can't wait to make some of these!! x

  5. What a cute quilt! That's a great story, too. Love those sheets that you got. I certainly can't seem to find any great sheets around here!