This is the chest of drawers in my bedroom. My husband wonders why he can’t put his t-shirts and socks in it. That’s because it is storing my quilting fabric. I have to empty at least two of these drawers to make room for baby clothes.
Why not pull the fat quarters and use them to practice some embellishment techniques that I have never quite mastered?
Right now I am practicing pintucks and other tuck variations, a technique I often find annoying as the results on garments can often go wonky no matter how carefully one has marked. I also grabbed an Eleanor Burns quilting manual, pulled some compatible pieces from the chest, and began working up the material a few quilt blocks at a time. I made as many blocks as I could out of my first little stack of material, and I have my next set sitting on the corner of my sewing table.
Quilting is such a nice break from garment sewing and gives you some perspective. After finishing the one Monkey’s Wrench block I wondered why I have been putting off sewing a pair of capri’s, already cut out, just because they have a pocket detail with which I am unfamilar. If I can piece a quilt I should be able to handle that pocket.
Wednesday morning something just told me to go to my local thrift store. Intuition paid off. I originally needed some more sheeting for practice muslins. That’s the reason I told my husband I was going. But I just knew in my gut that today better offerings were to be had. In the craft aisle I found several sewing patterns specifically for nursing moms! Wow! I have never seen nursing patterns before and I am eager to sew up some practice pieces.
I also found a set of curtains with adorable trim which will be extra special on one of my daughter’s dresses. I might even use the clear nylon as lightweight interfacing. A few more patterns turned up in the craft aisle, and I am dismantling the bathing suit top for the bra cups inside.
Altogether a very satisfying thrift store run. My total expenditure $9.06. The fun I had, as the credit card company broadcasts – priceless.