Economy Block Quilt

Back in February I decided to start an economy block quilt to use up fabric from my stash. I am pleased to say it only took me until the end of March to finish, quilt and bind it and I’ve been using it as a 60×60 inch lap quilt ever since. I started a new quilt shortly after using sawtooth stars, but I’m still working on that one on and off. There is something so satisfying though about using up small amounts of stash fabric to create a colorful quilt.
You can find a free paper piecing economy block here in 2,3, and 4inch finished blocks.

Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fabric Fair 2017

Every year I get excited for the Salvation Army fabric fair. All year long our local Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary collects craft supplies, fabric, and yarn for this big sale. Starting a few hours before the opening there is a long line of people waiting to get in, me included. It’s always so much fun!

Buttons, books, more buttons!
Things you never knew you needed…like a box of izod crocodile patches (left these behind).

Let’s not forget the room filled with playpen upon playpen of yarn!
Then there are the little gems like this (bought this one!) I’ll be back soon with a post showing you everything I bought.

25th Annual Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fabric Fair

Last Wednesday it was the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fabric Fair. As soon as my son was dropped off at school we headed over and ended up in line about 30 minutes before the doors opened. I would say at this point there was probably 25-30 people in line ahead of us and that was pretty good! I thought there would be a lot more, but I think the cold rainy day may have kept a few people from coming early.
Since I had just recently cleaned out the whole studio I tried to be very thoughtful & restrained about my purchases.
I got this bag of cut hexies and the fabrics are just beautiful! It looks like they might make tiny 1 inch hexagons.
I got a clip in type embroidery “hoop”. I already own one of these, but this was a larger size. Some cross stitch and linen fabrics.
Really cute Campbell Kids embroidery transfers.

Only a little bit of fabric this year. I actually didn’t see much fabric I liked this year. I am not sure if my tastes have changed, or I just missed the cute stuff.
This adorable applique project.

And probably my most favorite find this bunka doll! I already have one larger size doll that I found awhile ago at a antique shop, but in all my days of antique & thrift store shopping these are the only two I have ever seen. This gal was $1!!

The fabric fair runs for four days, and after the big initial rush of the first opening morning I’ve found that the following days are very relaxed, no crowds and some times you even have the whole yarn room to yourself. I did go back a few times to look slowly through the items like the button bins, and the room of playpens which hold all the yarn. I ended up with 7 skeins of yarn (various wools, and alpacas) for $7! I can only imagine some of the amazing yarn that was there on day one!
As always I look forward to the Fabric Fair each year, the best kind of treasure hunting I know!