Sunday, September 27, 2015

DWM: discards, acquisitions, and a new project

As I write this the lunar eclipse is in progress. We sat out in the back yard and watched as the moon disappeared. In a few minutes I'm going to go out to see it reappear. [Note: I did!]

On the other end of celestial viewing, here's sunrise on the beach, Friday morning, a day and half after the equinox.

Though the weather has been delightfully warm -- late summer, not fall -- I put the summeriest of my summer clothing and shoes in the downstairs storage closet and brought up most of the fall/winter clothes and shoes. I sorted, too, and ended up with a box and a bag that I took to Goodwill.  Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, says Newton, and here are thrift shop bargains this month:  two all-cotton sheets (one king, one twin) that will be great quilt backs ($7 for both) and six never-used napkins in French Provencal cotton, 18"x18". I don't often buy shirts but Goodwill had a coupon. The red one is  size 4x -- a lot of fabric!  I thought I could use the plaid in my design wall project but in the end I didn't.

Here is my new project. The pattern is by Gerri Robinson and was published in the December, 2012, issue of McCall's.  So far all of the fabric is from my stash but I may need to buy fabric for the borders. It's taken some maneuvering to stitch the single-leaf appliques. The top had to be assembled before sewing them. This will be the AAUW holiday raffle quilt. I need to get it to the flimsy stage by October 10 so I can sell tickets at the AAUW fall conference.

A box with LOTS of quilty inspiration arrived this week.  I bought these at C&T's online warehouse sale. They offered free shipping for orders over $100. I selected 23 books for $101. Five came in this shipment and the rest are backordered. That's probably just as well or I'd have sensory overload.

 I'm linking up with other quiltmakers at Judy's Patchwork Times   and Beth's Love Laugh Quilt


Ramona said...

Your holly leaf design is so interesting! The red pinwheels and the dark border really bring out the green holly. Bargain books are the best! Have fun reading and planning.

sophie said...

Your raffle quilt is very eye-catching. I'm sure it will raise lots of cash.

Bonnie said...

What a neat design with the pinwheels and holly leaves. Very creative of the designer. I love looking at quilt books, but I find myself buying very few anymore. I would love to be able to say I've made a project from each project book I own but, no, I'm far from ever doing that! Enjoy your new inspiration.

Bees Knees Granny said...

Here's my system for Goodwill discards. I'm not good at "getting around to" cleaning out a drawer, shelf or closet. So I try to get rid of a cubic foot of "stuff" every week. Two plastic grocery sacks are roughly a cubic foot. I keep containers of grocery bags handy on each level of the house. Whenever I think, "What's that doing here? I don't need that!", I pop it in a bag. When the bag is full, I take it to the back door. When I go to the car, I put it in the trunk. When I'm in the neighborhood, I drop off the bags. It's working!

Kate said...

Love your new raffle quilt, it should do well. Looks like you'll have lots of fun bedtime reading for a couple of weeks.

beth s said...

1. looks like you had a great view of moon!
2. I LOVE finding fabric at the thrift store.
3. your Christmas quilt is wonderful.
4. Can't IMAGINE getting that many books at ONE time. Overload for SURE. :)

Dar said...

Your raffle quilt looks great. You will sell lots of tickets for sure. It looks like you are going to have lots of reading materials to keep you inspired during the snowy weather this winter. I love looking at quilt books, especially older ones.

cityquilter grace said...

plenty of reading for the winter i'd say.....enjoy!