Picking Fabric, 4-29-21

As I was sorting and packaging fabric I just couldn’t resist pulling fabrics for Uncle Sam!

The original quilt is so old, I think we used muslin for the background. Remember I told you I couldn’t locate the quilt? Still haven’t found it so I’m going to make another one. If you’re interested, this Uncle Sam on a Bike is in our online store.

And this, my friends, is the original quilt kit by Country Threads – we purchased woven madras plaid fabric at retail price, cut it into 9″ squares and my mom packaged it for us. Then we wrote patterns to accommodate the amount of fabric in the bag. We were ahead of everybody and didn’t even know it!!! Haha!

It’s been a real trip down memory lane sorting through 40 years of stuff!

23 thoughts on “Picking Fabric, 4-29-21

  1. Deb B

    Oh my gosh. I actually found two of those pre-packaged plaids when I was cleaning out my sewing trunks last fall while stuck in MN. I completely forgot to send you pictures of them. I’ll do that next time I get there. I am absolutely wishing I were close enough to come to the sale as you likely have some of the prints from the 80’s that I’m looking for to finish a quilt my mom started. Take care and good luck with the sale.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Deb B – send me a picture of the fabric you’re looking for – it might ring a bell with me!

        1. Deb B

          Jennie, Unfortunately I’m stuck in Japan for a long while yet (it took me 10 months to get back to hubby last year when I was only going to visit for 3 weeks) but if you want to wait, I can look again when I get back.

      1. Deb B

        Mary, Thank you for the offer, but I’m back (and stuck for the foreseeable future) in Japan. I’ll see what I can come up with when next I get to MN.

  2. Jo in Wyoming

    Memory lane is a wonderful place to visit. I took my beginner quilt class in 1986! My little guy was 2.

    Remember the question, “What was the best thing to happen this week?”…well I ask the girls that at the end of quilting class at the jail. One raised her hand and said “the judge is going to let me stay in jail…I don’t have to go to prison”. Wow

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jo in Wyoming – wow hardly covers it! I think I’ll ask the blog readers this question.

  3. Zoeterman Jennifer

    Absolutely love that woven plaid fabric precut! I used to be able to get to your shop once a year and always bought all the woven plaids you had. Nobody else was carrying them. Any chance you are selling that pack? Jennie

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Zoeterman – let me see if I can find another – have to keep one in the historian file.

  4. Mfswanz@comcast.net

    One of the most amazing fabric stores I’ve come across is in Gastonia, NC. When I lived in the south, I was told to go to Maryjo’s for any fabric. Just call 1-800-maryjo,s. They have any fabric on your list.

    1. Pam in NC

      Mary Jo’s Cloth Store in Gastonia is permanently closed. ☹️ I always stopped on my way to Charlotte but no more sadly.

      1. Deb B

        Nuts. Whenever I went with hubby to meetings in Charlotte, I always went there and spent days going through the shelves. They had so many things you just couldn’t find anywhere else. Loved the lace department.

  5. Jane A Busby

    I have a pack of that plaid to make plaid sheep….maybe I should make that next!

  6. Sandy D’Angelo

    I still take that quilt every summer. I just love it. It is very old and I thank you.

  7. Kathy in western NY

    So fun to read the comments today. Everyone is so engaged in their quilting and fabrics quest – so cute and bless Jo in Wyoming for being a good part of the day for the girls in jail you volunteer to help. I applaud you. It must be tough hearing some of their stories.

  8. Lora Jans

    Hi Mary –
    Will you have any pin cushions on your garage sale next week? I also collect them so am always looking to add to my collection!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Lora. jans – I think I saw some in Connie’s pile to sell. And just so you know – I’m still wearing the Be Still necklace – I had to take it off for an X-ray but that’s it!

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