As requested (long, long ago) - fabric pics!

karpetSeptember 21, 2012

For the last several years I've only bought fabric at thrift stores and garage sales. I've mentioned that it has drastically changed what my stash looks like. Most of what I buy is not what I would go into a fabric store and pick out, but as long as I don't hate it, and it is $1 a yard or less, I usually get it. It has definitely made for more interesting quilts because left to my own inclinations, I would have a lot of matching, medium tone fabrics that can actually make a quilt where all the fabrics just melt together and don't really stand out.

Any hoo, quite awhile back, some had asked me to post pics of some of my fabric finds. These are my favorites. The first few I like because they are unusual, and the last ones are ones I really like (and I don't know why!) but they are a mind-challenge to me - these are the ones that will keep my mind running all night thinking of patterns and fabrics to match them with in a quilt.

This one is from a district in India

These two are Harwood Steiger fabrics

Here is a great 60's fabric

This is a beautiful vintage fabric

And here are my 'keep my brain working all night' ones

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tuppermom

I love vintage fabrics too! The busy floral with the tulips and the white poppies(?) would make a great Stack 'N Whack.

I have some of the last picture and it keeps me thinking too!

Mary

    Bookmark   September 21, 2012 at 5:29PM
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ritaweeda

COOL! I like the first one best. Looks kinda retro Western.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2012 at 5:39PM
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aquadragonfly

I like the tulips and the purple in the your don't know why list lol.

I was lucky enough to find some vintage fabric too. I got a really good deal on it, there were some I really like in it and some I don't but for what I paid I got a really good deal so I can't complain.

:) Aqua

    Bookmark   September 21, 2012 at 6:39PM
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msmeow

I love the red-background floral and the purplish one after that. And I think my mom made me bellbottoms out of that 60s print! LOL

Donna

    Bookmark   September 21, 2012 at 8:55PM
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quiltnhen

They're all really intriguing. I can see why the drew you. Looks like some of those are the stuff of center medallions with designed borders.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2012 at 10:08PM
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bev2009

I could see where it would be challenging to have to design with fabric you normally wouldn't be working with. Good to stretch the mind though. Not sure what you can do with the birds. LOL Love the tulips and the first print. I keep meaning to check the newspaper for garage sales to look for fabric. I did find some great pieces at an antique store for a steal a few years ago. Wish I had bought more of it.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2012 at 11:12PM
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loisflan

What great fabric! The minute I saw your blue tulip print on the red background I thought of this quilt I made with a floral focus fabric and log cabins in matching "solids."

    Bookmark   September 22, 2012 at 12:22AM
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teresa_nc7

Wow!!! Great finds!

    Bookmark   September 22, 2012 at 8:33AM
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littlehelen_gw

Cool finds...I'm partial to the last few, but do like them all...what fun you will have!
V.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2012 at 8:39AM
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karpet

Mary - Your kidding, you have the same fabric? Where did you get it?

Karlene

    Bookmark   September 22, 2012 at 4:22PM
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minnie_tx

One could probably print any one of them off onto fabric that will go in your printer Beautiful fabric

    Bookmark   September 22, 2012 at 4:41PM
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quiltnhen

loisf, I like the quilt. Great way to showcase and set the various elements off.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2012 at 5:43PM
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magothyrivergirl

Would you be my personal shopper????? Great fabric- great prices - love the unique prints!

    Bookmark   September 23, 2012 at 8:09AM
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karpet

Marsha - before you ask me to be your personal shopper (that would be a fun job!) just remember that these are my unusual ones and the ones I like. There are others........ (well, every quilt does need a back!)

    Bookmark   September 23, 2012 at 12:52PM
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K8Orlando

Oh those Harwood Steiger fabrics!!!! Love Love LOVE them!!! I would show them off by making counter top appliance covers - like for your mixer or whatever - or tote bags out of them!

Kate

    Bookmark   September 23, 2012 at 1:54PM
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K8Orlando

Another thought: you could sell those Harwood Steiger prints on eBay or Etsy and make enough money to buy all the fabric you want!!! $20-$30 per yard is typical sale price.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2012 at 1:57PM
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karpet

Kate: 00 (those are my eyes bugging out!)

    Bookmark   September 23, 2012 at 5:06PM
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nanajayne

Interesting collection. I especially like the last one, I think it would be greadt as a border selection with the complementary fabric making the quilt.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2012 at 1:44PM
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