We’re going thrift store shopping together! The last day of October is the first day of guild retreat and we will meet at 9:00 in the lobby. You will look for some “textile treasure” that excites your imagination. We’ll car pool and take a brief road trip (about seven minutes) to a large nonprofit thrift shop and spend an hour or so browsing for treasures—fabric or otherwise. (Bring cash for your purchase because it will make it easier.)
Your challenge is to find something you love and to repurpose it as something you love even more. If you are reading this ahead of retreat, check out your local thrift stores and flea markets for something that is special to you. There are treasures and bargains everywhere. As quilters we know quality fabric when we see it and we have imagination to transform it into something new. The more you look the more likely you will find something you love!
Back in class, we’ll use a large design wall and each of us can show our treasure and describe our thoughts about possibilities. If desired, each participant can ask for group brainstorming thoughts.
Then we grab our fabrics to start cutting and sewing. Bring lots of fabric for this adventure. I’ll provide some Triangles-on-a-Roll papers to aid in your quilt design. By lunch we may have some show-and-tell to share with each other. In any case, we will have fun as we exercise our imaginations while staying within a budget.
Consider the possibilities!
I see “lurking creativity” in each of us! Keep yourself open to possibilities and trust your gut. Here is a list of things I have used to spark my imagination in the past.
Orphaned quilt blocks and quilt tops (of course)
Feed and flour sacks
Doilies and dresser scarves
Cotton shower curtains, tablecloths and bed skirts
Skirts and dresses
Shirts and slacks
Cotton or silk scarves or neckties
Cotton tote bags
Use your imagination and have fun as you browse.
The supply list is tricky for this class. Bring as much fabric as you can tote. Since we do not know what we are working on, bring the fabrics you currently favor and we will make do with what shows up that day.
Sewing machine, cutting and ironing tools are all good ideas. A portable design wall is the most important tool for this class!