Posts Tagged ‘JoAnn Fabrics’

Yep..Recycling Is The ‘IN’ Thing

September 22, 2010

Our mothers and grandmothers always looked for ways to recycle. It wasn’t that it was an ‘in’ thing…it was just a way of life…’making ends meet’.



‘Making do’.  We’ve become such a disposable society here that for a good long while, no one thought much of recycling. Then a number of years ago, folks decided that the landfills were getting filled up. And the oceans are being ruined with non biodegradable  products.  So recycling has once again started to become a way of life for many. 

Now, when George brought down a shirt that he decided he no longer wanted, my 1st response was to put it in a bag to donate. Yes, that’s a good thing to do, but then I thought. I’d had in the back of my mind to pick up some very inexpensive fabric that I could use for the backing squares for a string quilt and/or a crazy quilt (I’ve been accumulating selvage strips & lots of small pieces). Then I thought…heh, his off-white broadcloth shirt would cut up NICE for backing squares!! So, off it went to the sewing room & was quickly cut up into 8″ squares.  I appease myself for not donating it by the fact that it WAS fairly worn and there may have been a stain or 2 on it.

At any rate, I now have my backing squares at no cost. Gramma knew best…make do.


A New GiveAway!!!

September 16, 2010

Lana, over at at ‘It Seams To Be Sew’ is having a giveaway for a

 from Blackbird Designs
for Moda…
The drawing
September 27th!!! 
you can enter here:

Still Not Quilting, but…

June 17, 2010 least I’m doing something.  We have the upcoming nuptials of a friend’s son in a couple weeks. The bride & groom are doing a casual ‘beach theme’ sort of reception, so I won’t need anything too dressy.

I’d seen an excerpt on a blog about ‘broomstick skirts’ & have decided to try one.


Hemming Over 200" On The Machine...Thank God!

Hemming Over 200" On The Machine...Thank God!

I’ve gotten the skirt completed, but not washed & wrapped around a broomstick to dry yet. Will post the outcome of that soon. The fabric is a great batik I got at JoAnn Fabric’s… 30% off.

The shirt fabric is chartreuse…yes, chartreuse.  The skirt is so bold, it can take the intensity of the green, and there’s the identical color in the skirt in small doses so it really pops. The outcome will be revealed soon!!

Chartreuse Fabric

I’m hoping I’ll get this done tomorrow. Will post pics when I can.

Thank You JoAnn Fabrics!!

June 15, 2010


Red & Turquoise Stashings

Just HAD to go to JoAnn Fabrics to pick up some thread & fabric for a blouse, and lo & behold…all the Fat Quaters were 1/2 price!!! Soo…I just picked up a few. I’ve fallen for a quilt I saw somewhere … Reds & Turquoise. I just couldn’t resist getting a start on that grouping, so here’s the results.  There were very few prints, but  I figured these will be a good base. Now I just need to find a few fabrics that really pop with color & I’ll be able to start. 

 Unfortunatly, the nearest JoAnn’s is really pretty 2nd rate as far as their selection of fabrics. There IS another one only a  bit farther which has a better selection.  It’s pretty sad…Cleveland has become a one fabric store chain town. Sure, there’s some indie ‘Mom & Pop’ shops, but I really don’t want to pay the kind of prices they need to charge.  I felt so bad when Minnesota Fabrics left the area. That was a number of years ago..this is nothing new, but it still bothers me that our city just can’t support 2 major fabric chains. Guess Clevelander’s just aren’t a crafty bunch, as a whole.

No sewing…just adding to the stash!