The Quirks We Have

How ridiculous does this sound?

I spent hours this weekend using a seam ripper to get garment tags out of my clothing. Then, because the tags are sewn in with seams stronger than the garment has itself, I now have a pile of mending to do.

I refer to the above “quirk” as performing tag-ectomies.  The reason behind it all is that I absolutely cannot stand any scratchy tag touching me. I have no clue what they call the fabric they use for tags – maybe, it isn’t even fabric. 

These days a tag-ectomy consists of removing two tags from the back of the neck and one or two sewn into the side seams.

One of the neck tags is large and boldly announces the manufacturer. The second neck tag may or may not tell you where the garment was made, the fabric ingredients, and who can read that small print anyway?  The side tag(s) has laundry instructions that can be quite humorous. 

‘Dry Clean Only’ should never be instructions for 100% cotton blends.  Most of my dresses and sweaters say “Wash in cold water. Dry flat.”  I suppose I am going to have to purchase a couple of hammocks because I only have 2 guest room beds (which are busy organizing my stash and designing quilts at the moment).

Anywho, that is my rant about tags.  Thanks for listening.

 

So…  What is YOUR quirk?  We really want to know! Enjoy a rant in the comments 

♥  TTFN  ♥

 

Buried Treasure

I went into our local Thrift Store in search of a used paperback to read. I found “The Witching Hour”, by Anne Rice. The book was so tattered that the little round price sticker read “Free.”  I also found two reference books, each marked $.49. Definitely affordable.
I wandered around the little store, looking for crafting items and found a shelf with remnants of fabric tossed into a plastic bin. Of course I had to look through it! Blankets and quilts were on a different shelf. I saw a glimpse of pink flowers and a scalloped edge, buried under all the other items.

Just as I suspected – a large handmade masterpiece. Sure, it needed repair work and the fabrics were worn. But at IHQ there are a lot of ladies who know how to “date” a quilt, and those that are experienced at resurrecting abused ones.

The price tag shocked me:  $29.44. Thirty. Measly. Bucks.

For THIS!?!:

Lovely and Complicated
Lovely and Complicated

 

Scalloped Edges
Scalloped Edges

The lady (or ladies) who made this gorgeous creation, put a LOT of woman-hours into it. Even a beginner (like myself) can see that.

CenterOfQuiltFromAbove
Long view, of inner border of roses

 

No photo can do it justice. A professional may come very close, but – and I mean a HUGE but, they   just can’t capture the wonderful feel of it against your skin.

I decided that it was a moral imperative for me to take it home and show my fellow quilters at our next meeting. Get expert advice on repairing old quilts.

It’s a little smaller than California King, but larger than a Queen. That means it will be hung on the “back wall”. No one will believe I created this – even if I were dumb enough to try to pass it off as my own.  Our guild members were not born yesterday, ya know.

😉