Monday, June 29, 2020

Weekly update: estate sale treasures, churn dashes, and OMG complete and upcoming

This was a week of virtual conventions.  I confess that I let most of the hours of programming pass me by -- Rotary, American Library Association -- just too much to keep track of.  I did manage to participate in two ALA committee meetings.  I tuned into the message from the outgoing and incoming presidents of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, as well as the AAUW-IL year-end wrap up.  Meanwhile, Facebook had an Alpha Gam Stay at Home Convention. It was great fun to connect with so many sisters. I haven't been to an Alpha Gamma Delta convention since 2004 since it usually overlaps with ALA.

I needed five more tomato cages. I went to three stores and found none.

There were two estate sales in town on Friday and I got EIGHT tomato cages for $1 at one of them -- and for $88 more I got a sturdy maple side table,

 never-opened percale sheets,

(Package boasts of 190-count -- what a contrast to today's ultra high-count sheets. Remember when percale sheets cost more than muslin sheets?)

batik placemats (4) and napkins (8) with the Singapore label still attached,

two screen-print runners (actually uncut napkins),

and 42 hankies.

Some of the hankies still had labels. Did the "handkerchief of the month" really ship just one hankie at a time?

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In the studio:

My June One Monthly Goal was to set the blocks for Shelter in Place. I did that. I pieced the back and delivered it all to the long-arm quilter.

I've begun blocks for the wedding quilt.  They're 15" and I plan to make 25. With sashing and borders, 88"-90" square.  The bride asked for deep blue, emerald green, and gray.  Of course I'm interpreting that liberally and scrappily.

Both the Stashbusters and HeartStrings groups are having block drives in memory of our friend Marianne.  Here are 9" churn dashes ("anything goes") for the SB project.

Linking up with
 OMG June Finish
Design Wall Monday
 Monday Making
 Oh Scrap!


  1. The placemats and napkins are lovely, I would have found it hard to walk past those. I have bought a couple of vintage embroidered hankies recently but my hay fever isn't bad enough for me to consider dozens.

  2. I love your Shelter in Place! I am wanting to do something similar for a 2020 Covid-19 quilt. Thanks for the inspiration and congratulations on a finish!

  3. Great finds at those estate sales -- lots to look at in this post!

  4. nice finds....lovely hnakies...used to get them as birthday gifts from my old maid aunts...

  5. Nice estate sale haul, Nann! Your block sets are coming along nicely, too.

  6. Wow! Great hauls from the estate sales! The wedding quilt is lovely! The Shelter quilt is the best memory of a crazy time. Pretty. Churn Dashes.

  7. Who would have thought you would find tomato cages at an estate sale. Great price on them.

    I love the old hankies and have a little collection of my own. I'm sure today's children would be mortified of carrying a cloth hankie in their pocket and using it more than once.

  8. What a pretty group of old hankies;))) I have a couple from my
    Grand-mere; I keep thinking i should include them in my next Crazy Quilt...
    The Churn Dashes came together so well...I like the different background prints...hugs, Julierose

  9. You did good at the sale! Love the table. You've had time to be productive wince not traveling to so many meetings. But I know you miss them.

  10. I'm envious of your cotton percale sheets. Just the count I like, too. And those handkerchiefs. You are getting so much quilting done, too. We are still staying in so I'm trying to clear things out around here.

  11. Such pretty projects! I have always wanted to do a "house" quilt. They always seem so fun!

  12. Lovely quilt top. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish.

  13. I really, really like your Shelter in Place quilt. I did a smaller and less fancy one.

  14. You made quite a haul at that sale, wonderful stuff! And are making great progress on your quilting front as well. You are a busy bee!


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