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« on: June 10, 2013 02:14:31 PM »

There was a 40 gallon drum of scraps for free on Craig's list. it was just down the road so I took a chance and picked it up. there is a lot of polyester (can you quilt polyester???)

the first thing of interest was this bag of crumpled up cotton peices. when I started to pull them out and iron them this is what I found ( only did a few there is still a whole bag stuffed with them)


there are whole blocks and partial blocks

then towards the bottom I found this:



this is huge. the blocks are around 10 or 12" squares all vintage fabrics. there are some beautiful prints, and some non cotton fabrics such as a brownish yellow velor (sp?) towards the middle and a stiff denim type fabric in one of the edge blocks. there is also a few pretty out there prints ( polyester again) that look to be from the 70's.

the woman that I got the fabric from said that her neighbor used to be a seamstress and had passed on last year. and that she received it from the estate but hadn't done anything with it.

I am thinking that I will finish the blocks and donate it to the wounded Warriors project.
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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2013 03:07:01 PM »

That is very cool! Yes, you can definitely quilt with polyester, I have a friend who collects poly quilts from the 60's and 70's.
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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2013 01:43:42 PM »

Love those nosegay blocks!! 
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« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2013 09:32:10 PM »

Score!  I don't know why, but everyone else's scraps seem to be more interesting than my own.  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2013 12:07:47 PM »

What a nice find!  It saddens me to see so many "unfinished" projects at the flea market or at estate sales...I am glad that you want to do something worthwhile with all that previous work!

It is also fun to use just portions of a quilt for other projects, like tote bags or journal covers...can't wait to see what you do!
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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2013 12:01:26 PM »

What a great find - the fabric looks really interesting.
Do you think the 'stars' are applicated on the white background? I hope you will show, what you do with it.
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« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2013 11:36:31 AM »

What a great find - the fabric looks really interesting.
Do you think the 'stars' are applicated on the white background? I hope you will show, what you do with it.

the flowers are all pieced. the blocks that were already pieced were in pretty bad shape. and had different dimentions. so I sewed them together and used an old sheet for a backing. I am using this as a lap warmer as I hand embroider my SIL baby quilt.

I haven't been able to go through the unfinished ones yet but hope to get to it once the baby rush is over with.

the large block quilt top has been washed and waiting for a backing. I am thinking of using a durable fabric such as a canvas and use it as a picnic/beach quilt.

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