Sunday, August 19, 2012

Button, button, Whose Got the Button?

Do you remember playing that game as a child? One day last week I spent the entire day de-boning the plaid shirts I told about in a previous post. Boy, did I get a lot of buttons! Some of the shirts even had two  or three extra buttons sewn inside them. 
When I got done with the shirts I had quite a collection of buttons. Amazingly, no shirt was missing a button.

I also learned a few things about using shirts for fabric stash. First, unless you want to have to pick out darts, stick with men's shirts. I only had to pick out darts on 2 shirts, but the plaid design and colors were worth it. Plus, women's shirts are smaller, so less fabric to claim.

Also, a man's xxl or xxxl will give you lots of fabric. One shirt I had was a xxxl size from Jos. A. Banks. It was a gray with white windowpane stripes. That fabric is beautiful. I may use it for something besides a quilt or maybe the main focus of a quilt. Loads of nice fabric for pennies. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Plaid Bargains

I have really been a slacker since the end of June. Well, all my travels are over and I'm ready to get back in the swing of things. Last week I visited my mother and my sister Karen. Mom is doing great at her lovely assisted living. Even with her dementia, she still knows who we are. That's always a relief.

Karen is the queen of bargains. On Friday she and I had a nice lunch with just the two of us. Then, she took me bargain hunting. I'm not much of a shopper. We went to the Essex Bargain Hunt in Memphis, TN. We didn't find anything we wanted that day. Then, we went to a Memphis Goodwill store that she had heard about. Around the back there is Goodwill Bargain Barn. They had a few toys and nick-knacks. But, the real bargains were on these large rolling carts. They had clothing piled on the carts for $1.45 per pound. When I saw all the men's plaid shirts in good condition, I went crazy. Here's a sample :

I have the rest in the washing machine. Those include some beautiful purple plaids. There are a few stripes, too. I never realized that so many men's shirts were made of 100% cotton. The shirts I bought look hardly worn.  I bought over 11.6 pounds. And, no, my DH will not get one of them.

Last year I saw an awesome plaid quilt at the top of Julie's blog at JulieKQuilts. She told me it was in Evelyn Sloppy's  Strips and Strings book. The book is out of print, but I finally located a copy. 
 The quilt I love is called Plaid Passion.
I plan to de-bone the shirts using Bonnie K. Hunter's instruction video on YouTube. Lots of good buttons, too.

I also had gone to Hobby Lobby and bought some permanent press, unbleached muslin for $1.99 yd. They accepted my JoAnn's 50% off coupon. Six yards cost me $6. I plan to use it in this quilt.

Oh, and by the way, Karen got a few baby clothes and a pair of Coldwater Creek jeans for herself. She spent a little over $5.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Where in the world is Prima Donna?

This is my first post in a month. I have been busy traveling. I've been on both coasts in the month of July. Not much in the way of sewing has been going on. I'm really behind on that.

I previously told you about my trip to San Diego, CA to visit grandchildren and my daughter. At the end of July I took a road trip to Savannah, GA with my soon to be college freshman granddaughter to visit her Dad (my son). I had been to the area once years ago, but didn't really get to experience Savannah. What a fun place to visit! Loads of history and beautiful architecture and awesome food!

Granddaughter in front of fountain in Forsyth Park (Savannah, GA).
We spent an afternoon at Tybee Island beach. We ate at Paula Deen's restaurant The Lady and Sons and The Pirates House for some great buffets of Southern cuisine. I think our favorite activity was a ghost tour in a hearse. Even my granddaughter, who swears she hates history, loved the tours.

So, am I done with travel? Well, I'm traveling to the Memphis area to visit my mom and sister. Then, I'll be finished with traveling and back to sewing...until October. The projects are starting to stack up!