Thrift Store Finds


Do you like to shop at thrift stores? I grew up with a mom who loves to thrift shop. In fact, I took her for a colonoscopy yesterday and she asked to stop at a thrift store on our way home from the hospital! From an early age I remember getting up early and going to yard sales looking for treasures. After awhile, we would have to have our own yard sale to unload a lot of what we had accumulated to keep from becoming hoarders. It was a lot of fun then and I still enjoy it today! I usually gravitate directly to the book section to look for quilt books. One day recently, I hit the jackpot!


Just a few of the titles purchased


I was able to get a lot of great titles and current books for $0.50 to $1.50 each. I ended up with over 30 new books that day! Apparently a quilt shop had gone out of business and donated the books they couldn’t sell so they were all brand new. I was sad to hear that a quilt shop had closed but happy to be the recipient of such a great find.


I read quilt books like most people read novels. I will read them cover to cover and it keeps me inspired to continue to be creative. It takes 2 book cases to hold my quilting books but I can’t part with any of them.

Some of my favorite titles purchased that day are:
1. Fresh Pineapple Possibilities by Jane Hall and Dixie Haywood
2. Egg Money Quilts by Eleanor Burns
3. Mariner’s Compass Quilts by Judy Mathieson
4. Magic Stack-n-Whack Quilts by Bethany Reynolds
5. Quilt Romance by Kaffe Fassett
6. Star Quilts by Fons and Porter



I doubt I’ll ever get that lucky again but I will keep searching!

Why Do You Quilt?

One day while sitting on the beach admiring the ocean my cousin (whom I love like a sister) asked me this question. She wondered why out of all of the hobbies and activities in this world I chose quilting as mine. I was in my early 30’s at the time so it probably seemed like an odd hobby to her being in her 20’s. The answer for me is the same now as it was then; because I love it! It’s a passion not just a hobby! Quilting relaxes me (most days) and keeps me sane. No amount of therapy could do for me what quilting has done. There is nothing more rewarding than finishing a quilt and gifting it to someone who will truly appreciate it. I rarely quilt for money because I don’t want it to turn into a job and have deadlines. Some days I will work in my sewing room for 12 hours straight barely stopping to eat and then other times I have dry spells where I don’t sew at all. It usually doesn’t last long though and I find myself looking through a new book and pulling fabrics to start on my next project. I love knowing that one day when I’m gone, my children and grandchildren will have quilts that I have made to remember me by. Everyone in my house fights over the quilts that my great grandmother made because they are so worn and soft! I can only hope that one day my future grandchildren will do the same!


Even the cats fight for space on my Grandmother’s quilt!