Score at the Extravaganza

I went to the Springfield Antique Extravaganza yesterday and scored these beauties. twenty one of them! They're 15.5" wide and ready to be appliqued. They look like they date from the late 20s/early 30s and I've counted 42 different fabrics. I don't know if I got a good deal on them as I'm not someone who buys things like this often, but I don't really care - these will be made into a quilt for my family and maybe a few pillows for gifts or to sell on Etsy. So excited to get moving on this baby!

Kelyy and I were discussing how to set these - thinking I need to go the traditional route. I had it in my brain that maybe I could pull off some Ausiie-inspired awesomness (a la Material Obsession 2 Jazz Hands by the famous Sarah Fielke) but I after talking it over with my Kelly (via text messages) I think a hint of modern with a heavy does of traditional is best.
I don't really own many Depression-era reproduction fabrics, so I'll have to visit The Fabric Shack (cue angel trumpets in the background) to fill in the pieces for a cohesive project. So looking forward to working on this. 
I've made a decision to back away from the commercial side of quilting for awhile. Sewing and quilting for me is therapeutic, it quiets my brain. And when I  add the business aspect to it, it sucks the joy out of it for me. I've prayed about this a lot and it's taken me a crap ton of obsessive "what should I do?" kind of questioning to get to this point.  I've driven myself a little batty, honestly.
I want to keep teaching and writing patterns, but the intention of doing this as a business is gone. If I make some money...great...but I just want to sew and be creative and put out patterns as it strikes me. I thought I wanted to build a quilting empire with notions and patterns and a TV show and fabric and write more books. But I've realized I just want to buy fabric and sew and hang out with my quilt guild buddies. 

Anyhoo, I've been working on some other stuff - a postage stamp quilt, some paper-piecing projects and another St. Louis 16 patch. Will share those as I make some progress!!


  1. What a find! And they even have the edges turned under already?! Amazing. By the way, I love that circle fabric on the left side of the last image.

  2. You hit the jackpot, Andie!!! What beauties. It sounds like you have made peace with your quilting decision...it's got to be fun or it's just a job. That happened to me when I had a business creating handmade clothing, so I understand the turmoil a little bit. Blessings on the next chapter!

  3. Amen, sista. You always have such a "spew it firth like it is" way of expressing exactly how I feel about certain things: Case in Point "And when I add the business aspect to it, it sucks the joy out of it for me. I've prayed about this a lot and it's taken me a crap ton of obsessive "what should I do?" kind of questioning to get to this point. I've driven myself a little batty, honestly." ;-) While I am not allowed to give up on our pattern business (my partner won't let me at this point!) I'm okay with letting it evolve naturally. I so don't want to get into that whole ugly "Boys Club" mentality of the big name quilting scene.

    Looking forward to seeing what you create with these lovelies! Keep posting--you always make me smile!

  4. Good for you! I completely understand! I was constantly making things to sell at craft shows, on etsy, as gifts. The joy was gone.I lost making things for me and for a creative outlet. People are still trying to get me to make stuff to sell. I look forward to seeing your new quilts!

  5. I have been wanting to make a Dresden, and all your beautiful pictures are inspiring me to jump in!

  6. I just found a bunch at Goodwill! Yours are lovely and I look forward to seeing what you do with them...


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