Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Pillow Class and A Sale

The class on my Charming Hexie Pillow was great.  I really enjoyed the group of girls.  I can't believe that I didn't take one single photo of the girls working on their own versions of my pattern.  So when I came home, I stacked all of the samples I took to class and took a photo.  

My friend, Nancy, was in the class.  She came in to class with this cute Halloween version already completed.  She reminded me that when we shopped together at the Kokomo One Stop Shop Hop, I bought a mini charm pack just like the one she used.  This is really cute.

Then we met to go to a sale on Friday, and she had made this cute little pincushion for me using the pillow technique.  I think this is too cute to stick pins in.

Nancy worked on this pillow in class and had part of it sewn.  We sewed at a Quilter's United sew in on Saturday at Back Door Quilts, and when we got there she had this second pillow finished.

Ahhh.   The sale.  I received an email early last week from a man who had lost his wife earlier in the summer.  He was selling her stash at a sale at a church on the northwest side of town.  I forwarded the email to Nancy who responded "Let's go!"   

Here are some photos of her stash.  Yes this is just one woman's stash.  We were some of the first ones into the room.  Admission was a $1 donation to help toward clean up after the sale was over.  They were selling her fabric for 60 cents an ounce.  A fat quarter weighs 1.5 ounces (yep, I have a postage scale, and I weighed a few just to be sure).  That makes the fabric around $4 a yard.

Everything was sorted according to color or type.

More and more people came in to shop.  

 Now there is really a crowd.

By the time we finished, it was really crowded.  I forgot to take photos of her UFO room.  I need to take photos of what I bought to show you.  The UFOs were 20 cents an ounce.  All of the proceeds went to the Indianapolis Quilt Guild and to a church. 
 I bought all of the Patriotic fabric I could find to make pillowcases and lap quilts for our DAR sewing group to donate to veterans.  I also bought some kids prints and a couple of background pieces and black and white polka dots.  I didn't know the lady that owned this stash, but I have a feeling that she was looking down on all of us with a big smile on her face knowing that so many of us were having so much fun with her things.  

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.  

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.


  1. Lovely pillows, Luann. The pincushion is adorable!! It is a sad thing for this man who has to go through his wife things and sell them. She obviously didn't have a chance to de-stash. Sad. On the other hand, it was a very good deal for you. Enjoy the goodies. ;^)

  2. We had a similar sale here while I was on vacation a couple of weeks ago, so I missed it. On the second of three days, someone came in and offered to but all that was left!

  3. So many fun pillows made from that design! And a great pincushion, too. : )
    Wow--that was some sale. Now I guess I don't feel so bad about my stash--it is very small by comparison.

  4. Delightful pin cushions and yes, almost too beautiful to stick pins in, they look so inspiring gathered together in a basket maybe.
    To think some people do stick pins in them! lol
    2 of our stitchy club members passed on recently and we sold about 75% of their stash and sample makes, UFOs etc at club to help their families raise funds for whatever charity they were supporting.
    Whatever was then left was given to the clubs sales table and anything still left we shall pass on to charity shops/art students at college or charity stitching groups.
    The nicest thing was any books we didn't already have in our club library were donated to us and so all 130 of our members have a lasting memory to borrow each month.
    Interesting to see 'our' stashes laid out like that - goes to show how competent we are buying in things 'for later' lol

  5. fun hexie pillows. Wow that a great sale!!

  6. Wow! I wonder... What would my stash would look like all laid out on tables??? There was such a sale nearby last week, but I didn't need any fabric (and didn't want to miss my Quilt Bee meeting!) Looking forward to seeing what goodies you found.

  7. What a nice way to find a new home for this lady's stash. I hate to think of how much fabric gets tossed when people pass away. Love all the pillows and glad your class went well.

  8. Such sweet pillows and the pincushions are adorable - I often think a collection of them should go in a large bowl for display! Looks like an incredible sale and a win-win for everyone - great proceeds donation and all the fabric found a new loving home


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