Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Mail Call - -Be forewarned...Long Post

Oh, just look what was sitting at my door when I got home from the Antique Mall (more on that another day...this is just too exiting to wait). Did I tell you that my very best friend in the whole wide world (Hi again, Claudia) and another very dear friend (Hi, Julie) own a quilt store just northeast of Houston? I don't think I did but that's who this package is from. They don't do online orders (yet????) as they have only been open for a little under two years. The shop is called The Quilt Room and is just as cute as can be. Their website is under construction right now but if you are in the area just bookmark it then give them a call and they will give you directions. You won't want to miss it or them.

I cut right into that package and what's this? It's a tote bag from one of their vendors. I really need a tote bag for the NQA Quilt Show in June. Now I won't have to make one!! I have another project in mind with what is under that tote bag.
Want to see what it is?? Sure you do!! It's from a quilt store, isn't it?

Oh, just lookie there. I see fat quarters. Sweet '30's fat quarters. I just love the "30 reproductions. In fact, I love all the reproduction fabrics. I'm a traditional quilter at heart. I love the basic scrappy, vintage quilts the best. I think I've probably mentioned that before. You are probably thinking you would like to see it all laid out.

Oh, ok!!

Wow!! Just look at that haul!! If I counted right it is 17 yards of cuteness. I tried to count it as it was going into the washing machine. That's right, it's already in the washer. Since I already know what I am doing with this cuteness, I'm just chomping at the bit(there's my Texas-ness coming out) to get started on it. In fact, I might ought to go check and make sure it's not ready for the dryer.

It was ready and now is in the dryer. Sheesh! Don't you just hate the way all those threads ravel and knot up the fabric. It's a real pain. Have you found a way to circumvent that jumble? Leave me a comment with your hints, PLEASE!!

Well, I guess this is long enough and plenty of pictures for one day. I'll be attached to my iron shortly. I don't have to worry about getting supper since hubby is in Minneapolis on business. I bought a rotisserie chicken and some fresh broccoli on the way home. Sounds like a plan. Happy Quilting!!


Lurline's Place said...

Hi Donna,
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yes, don't I have a super group of friends - sometimes I think we spend more time chatting than quilting. The roses are from Pat's garden(blonde on right with Julia and she is just so lovely also and a fabulous quilter - she does knitted edges around her quilts and Kaffe Fassset bought one of them - how's that for acquainting myself with the famous).
Anyhow - your blog is looking so interesting and who would believe that parcel and it's contents. Lucky girl! I collect 30's also and my stash consists mainly of reproduction fabrics.
'Bye for now - I'll call again - best wishes - Lurline.

Ribbonwiz said...

Hi Donna, I found you through my friend Lurline.
Wow! all that gorgeous fabric.
I love the 1930's and I am at present doing a Grandma's Garden quilt with them.
I shall call by again to se what you do with that lovely stash.

gingerquilts said...

Beautiful fabrics and I love your CC quilt! Very nice job. Can't wait to see what you're making next!

PianoWoman said...

Hi Donna,
I found your blog a few weeks ago after looking at Bonnie Hunter's website. Those fabrics are awesome.

I do have a tip for you on how to keep the fabrics from unraveling. If you do a zig-zag stitch with your machine along the raw edges of the fabric before you wash, it limits the amount of unraveling. You'll still get some unraveling, but it won't go past the stitches.

Happy Quilting! ~Sarah.

Carolyn said...

I have collected 30's for years and only used a fraction of them so far....must make something wonderful soon
tip about the raveling
cut a small triangle on each corner and it will not ravel so much....i doubted this but it works

Betty said...

Oh, what pretty 30's fabrics that came in the mail. I love getting those kind of boxes (but hate to see my credit card)!

If you snip the corners of your fabric, that works, but if you have YARDAGE, get some of those big safety pins and leave your fabric folded in several layers. Pin in the corners and a couple more in the center. Throw it in the wash and then the dryer, and when you take it out, it's not only already folded up for you but you probably won't have to press it either!

Kucki68 said...


I have read it somewhere that clipping the corners does help lessen the unraveling, but haven't tried it yet.

Liz said...

I love 30's fabrics and the old quilts too! Lucky you. I'm going to try the corner snipping tip too!