I stopped in at a thrift store yesterday with a specific plan to look at the sheets and get the hell out of there. But I got sidetracked. Big surprise. This aqua thing reached out and grabbed me.
I stood there for what seemed like forever, paralyzed by the argument going on in my head.
you already have a vintage, green machine almost exactly like this
yes, but that one only has straight-stitch capabilities, this one has much much more than that
ok, but the machine your grandmother gave you has all that fancy stuff
true... but just look at it, it's aqua
you even have your MOTHER'S machine riding around in the backseat of your car
shut up, conscience, you don't know me!
There were stares of disbelief as I plugged it in and played with every little feature. Works just fine, so far as I can tell. I'm no expert after all. I do know there is a big difference between "it runs" and "it sews beautifully." While in pretty rough shape, it came with tons of accessories and they were practically giving it away. Bottom line? At the very least, it will make an excellent display item in my [soon to be reclaimed] sewing room, up high on top of shelves filled with fabric.
The cotton yarn is for my mother, who loves to crochet dishcloths. The mug is for me, isn't is awesome? There's also a random 80s beach towel. I got the stacking baskets to use for organizational purposes. Don't you laugh at that!
Heather had mentioned using flat sheets as quilt backings in this post, which got me in the mood to go thrifting in the first place. I love using sheets as backing, they're big and they're cheap. The tan one is 100% cotton, so I plan on using it to back the quilt I'm making for my mom out of moda's Bliss line. The others are vintage and in great shape. I have a stack of DS Fairgrounds which I plan on making a quilt out of eventually, so either the blue or the green will work great for that.
Is it a crime to use a poly-blend, vintage sheet to back a higher quality cotton quilt top? I'm guessing it is, but as a deviant I enjoy breaking the law. I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.