I took my very first Vancouver thrifting trip last week and I was not disappointed. The best part (besides the biggest, most organized linen section ever) was the massive bin full of Hot Wheels cars that occupied my three-year-old while I shopped… or was it having my eleven-year-old summer breaker (who I cleverly bribed with the promise of a few new books) there to watch said miniature-car-obsessed-three-year-old…? It’s a toss up.
Either way, I got 10 minutes of uninterrupted mommy-time and I was very happy with my purchase. And did I mention the size of the linen section? This was not your usual case of slim pickins’, friends. This was a legit thrift store phenomenon! BUT in an attempt to keep my excess fabric
hoarding stash to a minimum, I decided to only walk away with the seven lovelies pictured above (plus a few Hot Wheels and YA books, obvs).
Want in on a little secret in the world of sustainable quilting? If you want a more-bang-for-your-buck linen purchase, it’s aaaall about the duvet covers. We’re talking maximum yardage. While they’re a little pricier than bed sheets, they’re double the material!
If you’re lucky, you may just come across a homemade double-vintage-flat-sheet-turned-duvet-cover (with bonus lace) like the beauty pictured above. And if you’re REALLY lucky, it may even ring up the same price as a regular flat sheet. Score!
Taking a few cues from nature, I’ve been finding myself drawn to more purpley shades lately. Couple that with some of the colorway suggestions used in Amanda’s week #1 F+P post, I decided on a newly thrifted, totally gorgeous white and mauve floral background, accented with wine and lavender colored faceted pluses with fabric from my stash.
A little color obsession inspo:
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Here’s the schedule for Amanda’s bi-weekly posts, so stay tuned!
- July 4th, 2016 – Welcome, Fabric selection and Yardage Requirements
- July 18, 2016 – Cutting Instructions
- August 1th, 2016 – Block Piecing Part 1
- August 15th, 2016 – Block Piecing Part 2
- August 29th, 2016 – Piecing the Quilt Top
- September 12th, 2016 – Wrap-up and Giveaway (and Blog Hop if there are any interested quilters)
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