I was really bummed when I got the postcard this year for my local Salvation Army Fabric Fair and saw it was the same dates as our trip to Florida. I look forward to the fair so much each year that I have been known to not only have trouble sleeping the night before, but to have weird fabric fair dreams. So coming back from Florida and still feeling bummed that I missed it I thought I would do some google searching to see if there might be another close by. I knew there was a sale in Pittsburg (I went one year, but its a 3 hour hike and it was in April), there is a small one in Carlisle PA but that is usually held in the fall, and I knew of one in Portland Maine (looks like they hold theirs in May). It took awhile of me searching but I was so excited when I stumbled upon a postcard announcing a fabric fair in York PA, which is only about an hour drive for us. Yesterday Tom, B, and I woke up early and set out for York. Oh and true to form I had dreams the night before that we showed up late and there was barely anything left to look through. The guys were so very patient leaving me to shop, but then coming back once I had a filled bag so they could go pay for it while I continued to look with free hands.
All the sales I’ve been too are generally set up the same way. There are tables with fabric divided into cottons, wools, silks, etc. Then there is usually a section with small scrap cuts of fabric bagged in little bundles.
Now besides fabric you can find a million other craft supplies, patterns, books, yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks, sewing machines, and any other sewing notion you can think of. This sale had boxes set up in a craft area that you had to dig through to see what treasure might be inside. I didn’t end up finding too much fabric I liked, but got a few smaller pieces. I did get some pretty buttons, dolls, cute embroidered animals, doll eyes, and I’ve taken a few photos to show you what I bought.
I also took a few phone photos when I was at the sale, but at times it was a crowded hot jumble so the photos are not the best.
If you want to see some of my previous fabric fair experiences you can find them all here:
–another from 2012
–and another 2012
–and a photo from 2007
-3 photos from 2006 here
, and here
though I think 2005 was my first year attending I couldn’t find any photos from it.
Please meet the twins…Agatha and Desdemona. Twin sisters who dress in all black, you cannot tell them apart except for the embroidered sashes they wear. One with an “A”, the other a “D”. They love to garden, but their passion is night blooming flowers. If they wrote a book on gardening it would look something like the book above. Can you tell I am having fun creating mock-ups of everything? I’ll be back next week with another little peek into my new world.
I have been slowly working on a quilt. I know I have made quilts in the past, but they were usually a hodgepodge of fabrics with no real pattern used. I decided this time to use 12 inch foundation piecing blocks to make up my quilt front. I used a combination of patterns I found at Wombat Quilts
, and Sew What Sherlock
I ended up including a 24 inch box in there and really liked how it looked. I’ve finished sewing it together and even quilted it at this point. I will be sure and get it outside to get some photos of the whole thing very soon! One of my favorite features was a suggestion by my friend Jessee. I was talking to her about the backing fabric and its need to be pieced from two pieces of fabric due to size and she suggested adding a line of blocks to the back so there wasn’t just a seam. I made a bunch of 8 inch blocks and I love the effect. I have already started on my next quilt with Halloween fabrics.