Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Thanks, Ron's Mom
This is some of the stash that was given to me. Someone's mother was moved from her home and these "2 boxes of junk fabric should be thrown out, but Elaine might like it", and it came to me. Thank you, Ron.
Yesterday, I had the fabric pieces outside in the sunshine, trying to freshen it up. Late in the day, I gathered it all up and dropped it in a basket for today's project of washing and sorting. In the process of sorting, ZOWEEEEE, a wasp was IN the fabric and let me have it on my finger. I quickly removed my ring in preparation for expected swelling, and since I've never been stung before, called my DH for instant care if I stopped breathing or something equally serious. Then, I grabbed the baking soda (again) and made a -- oh gosh, you will think I live in "Little House on the Prairie Days" -- I made a POULTICE of baking soda and water, slathered it on my finger, and surprisingly, no swelling, and barely any pain. I don't even know where I heard about baking soda poultice. (I could call it a compress, that's a modern word!) LOL
There are a LOT of shirtings in this pile of possibly 35 yards. Most are large chunks of 1/2 yd., but several are 3 yds, and one is 6 yards (backing!, yeah). And only 2-3 small pieces of floral for the woman. Isn't that touching? Fixing and making for everyone else, many men it would appear, and only a few items for the woman. A story could be written by what I'm seeing.
I still have NOT washed/sorted all the muslins, which I estimate to be another 15 yds. Guess this all has to be included on my Fabric Diet, even though I did not purchase anything.
Now, that I'm shopping at the Mission store, and people are giving me their castoffs, I DO need to make it clear and even though I LOVE these freebies, I am NOT a pauper -- yet! But the success of that last Shirt Quilt was so inviting, I want to make MORE using that almost-free fabric.
I went back to the Mission store today -- yes, 2 more shirts and one teapot, all for $2.00! AND, the lady assured me that ANY purchases from the Mission store was just fine - I was NOT taking a shirt away from a poor person.