So let me show you the loot acquired this weekend...first from the Quilter's Garage Sale that was held in Calgary this weekend and the new stuff from the 'Out of Hand Quilt Shop'.
So a bit of background on the Garage Sale...the Ujamaa Grandmas of Calgary host this GS, raising money to help the African Grandmas who are bringing up their grand-kids after their parents died from Aids or War. They raise a ton of money throughout the year and one of the ways is by having this annual Fabric Garage Sale! (Last year they raised $38,000 just on the GS!) You can read more about their fund raising HERE...and let me tell you, it's pretty impressive!
This is the Ujammaa Grandmas' 9th Annual Garage Sale. My new to quilting daughter, Erin attended last year and she was VERY impressed! She told me the secret to success was to get their early. Well isn't that my motto..."THE EARLY BIRD GETS THE FAT QUARTER"! We arrived an hour and 45 minutes before opening...and got in line. The line was fairly long by that time but by opening it was way down the block and then snaked around a corner into infinity! YIKES!! We were numbers 120 and 121 going through the church doors...they allowed only 200 quilters through the doors first! We made it!
When we left the church (with our loot) the line was the same! So getting there early was key!
My head is hanging in SHAME...my mind turned to mush upon entry to the facility! I have NEVER seen so much quilting stuff! FABRIC, and notions... kits, and patterns and books...piles and piles and piles of it! The main room was wall to wall tables and was stacked with random fabric just like in this picture (taken from Ujamaas Website)! Seriously...I found this room to be too much and didn't look at any of it! It was just too overwhelming! Apparently there was wool in these piles...it was trying to find it! All fabric in this room was $1 a metre (39") so if you found any, it was a steal!
Off this huge room there were other rooms with big signs over the doors. The Quilter's Fabric room is where we headed first..then to the Quilt Kits Room (we decided this is the room to start in next time!!), then Notions, Crafts, Knitting, Home Decor and upstairs we found books ($1each), magazines and patterns (5 for $1).
At the top of the pile is a lovely huge piece of green wool...I did a happy dance when I spotted that for $5!
And a whack of patterns...the ones that I won't use will go to friends or the Share Table at Heritage.
So there you have it!
Yikes...this took longer than I thought...maybe because I savoured each and every picture! See those patterns...I found most of them while lying on my belly, looking through boxes that were under tables! So worth it! Yup...I had some bonding moments with two quilters from Calgary while under those tables! :o))
SEW...I am going to have to leave the NEW stuff for tomorrow! Hope you can stand the wait! haha I have errands to run and the morning is half over!
Have a wicked Wednesday and Happy Stitching!~P