Monday night I had to teach a continuing education class for childcare providers up in Osage, Iowa.
On my way, I stopped at one of my favorite thrift stores. They were having a sale…$1 for ten pieces of clothing. I browsed and didn’t see anything I was really interested in until I came to the scrub top section. Our daughter, Kalissa, works at the nursing home and it always in need of scrub tops. There were two in the color she needs so I grabbed them, hit the men’s shirt section and hurried to the register as I didn’t want to be late for my class.
At the register the lady commented on my shirt collection. I explained that I make quilts from men’s 100% cotton shirts. She said, “Oh, did you see the partially finished quilt?” Then she proceeded to show me. I was expecting a wreck of a quilt not something adorable.
The lady and I looked and looked. We couldn’t see a price. Sometimes pieces like this can be $50…sometimes $5. She informed me that whatever the price was, they were running a sale on linens and that all were 50% off.
I kept thinking about the clock..I needed to get going but now that I saw it, I really wanted it. I asked her if there was a way to find the price. She said she would have to ask the gal in the back as she was in charge of pricing. I told her depending on the price, I was interested.
She went to the back…I stared at the time. A couple minutes later she came back, and said, “$10…well actually $5 as the linens are 50% off.” I said, “SOLD!” The line at the cash register was now long so I handed her a five dollar bill and asked if this would work…she said yes and I ran to the vehicle and took off to class. I didn’t get time to really look at it until I got home 5 1/2 hours later.
It’s entirely hand pieced….it’s scrappy and I love it. The quilt top is in marvelous condition…no tears…no weak fabrics…no stitching errors.
In the first picture, it looks like it doesn’t lay flat but it does. Now my question…what do I do with it? Do I try to find matching fabric and add to it? Do I just complete it? Part of me doesn’t want to machine quilt it but I can’t image me hand quilting…any suggestions???
I am so excited about this find!! Today I am hooking up with Colorado Lady’s Vintage Thingy Thursday.