My friend, June Underwood, decided she was never again going to piece quilts, using commercial fabrics, so, in a bold move, decided to put all her unneeded fabric out on her porch this morning and invite local quilt artists to come and take what they wanted. She did have a smaller table of more desireable pieces that she was selling, as well.
The small table in the front holds the pieces she had put aside thinking they might be of special interest to me. I made a few selections from that offering, then I got into the next table of prints where I found some interesting pieces. The back table were all wools, which held no interest for me.
Here, June is ironing fabric at the far end of the porch. No wrinkled old rags—presentation is everything. As she was ironing this beautiful piece of dyed silk, she was saying, "maybe I ought to keep this one..." Ironing always makes it look better.
This kind of fabric sale or give-away seems to occur fairly frequently as fiber artists become enamored of producing their own fabrics and no longer find the commercial prints appealing. Fortunately for me I still like using commercial prints, so I have been the recipient of several nice fabric windfalls. I showed, I think, remarkable restraint and only took what most appealed to me. I kept thinking about the huge bag of fabric from my stash that recently went to S.C.R.A.P.
Here's what I brought home. What is that lavender piece doing in there? What was I thinking?