Thrift Shop Treasures

Christeninggown2

I am bad to rescue cloths stitched by other women.

Christeninggown1

I like to give them new life,
sometimes by using them,
sometimes by completing them,
sometimes by giving them a place of honor in a new piece.

Smockeddress2

It makes me sad to see
handwork
in a thrift shop.

Smockeddress1

Overlooked.
Set aside.
Left behind.

Quiltsquares1

I can do something about that,
and I do.

Quiltsquares3

And have fun doing it, too.

Transportationquilt3

You know my fondness for quilts,
so you can imagine how excited
and horrified,
in equal measure,
I was to find this quilt

Transportationquilt11

in the bin at the thrift shop.
At $1.29 per pound,
The Engineer and I calculate it set us back $3.57.

Transportationquiltmending1

A story is already brewing
starring the quilt,
and projects have already been sketched
starring the dresses.

My fingers itch to get started.

Everything here is hand stitched.
The transportation quilt measures 62″ x 78″
and the red and white quilt top is 78.5″ x 90″.
This is gonna’ be fun!

2 Comments

  1. judy martin

    you have real treasures here Jeanne.
    That red and white quilt top – I can’t believe your good luck to find that.
    All the dresses and the butterfly quilt pieces – amazing.
    I don’t think you need to do a thing to the colourful quilt do you? Just wash it and use it.
    xo

    • whollyjeanne

      Isn’t that red and white a beauty? $9 and worth much, much more, even though it’s only the top. The transportation quilt just needs a little mending where it’s been loved hard, then it’s good to go. xx

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