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.


Anonymous said...

I may have that book in my mother-in-law's books. One of these days maybe I'll start quilting. I think these will be the last Roman and Baloon shades I make. We'll have to go back to the Goodwill Bargain Barn again. It was great. I may be able to make the Polo khaki's fit too. Karen

Teresa in Music City said...

We are so much alike!!! I've been saving up plaids to make that same exact quilt!!! Maybe you'll get me motivated :*) Great job hunting out those deals!

julieQ said...

I am so glad you are making that quilt! Wonderful shirts there!

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