Earlier this week I bought several boxes of "linens", there were 4 quilts, 3 chenille spreads, several table clothes, 2 sets of quilt blocks never sewn together and even vintage fabric. All the boxes were from the same estate, and it is interesting that most every thing is brighter colors than I prefer, almost every thing has red in it..
What is it about fabric that I am so drawn to?? I love fabric! I especially love old quilts, especially ones hand quilted and well used. I appreciate the ones hanging at quilt shows, they are beautiful, but give me a time worn, washed, and well loved one, I can't say no. It doesn't matter how dirty and smelly. Even holes and rips can either be mended, or the piece can be reused in a project. I also hate to pass on an embroidered piece for the same reason.
Fortunately, I am the self proclaimed queen of laundry. If you have ever been to my house unannounced, you have seen a pile or 12 waiting in line to be next in the tub!! Almost everyone comes in our house through the back door, which is a straight shot to the washer and dryer.
I always wash everything used I buy, made of fabric. It is amazing, even if they look clean how dirty they are. One of my biggest thrills is to check how dirty the water is, they dirtier the water the bigger the thrill!! That is one of the things you probably could have been just as happy not knowing. I have found that I'm not the only one who gets this cheap thrill! Some time I will confess my addiction to rit dye...
These curtains were in the bottom of a box of old linens. I thought they were fabric, but I couldn't figure out what kind of fabric until I got them home. Well friends, they are not fabric at all!!
These curtains/drapes are made of paper!! They have the texture of old wall paper. The second picture is of the back, the bottom one is the valance. I assume you would put a rod through that one and use drapery hooks on the other.
This caused me to have a flashback from my childhood. Do you remember curtains made of plastic? I don't think I have seen any in the last forty or so years, most likely because it was very fun to pull them apart and put your fingers through them... Don't get me wrong I don't want any plastic curtains, fun as it was.. they are a little to similar to vinyl table clothes. But these paper ones are pretty cool!!
It seems as if I have found lots of red things lately.. Its not that I don't love red, but in its watered down form...pink!! I realize there are lots of red lovers, so I won't pass up a good deal on something that has red, it just makes it easier to not keep!!
This is just a small piece, but it is so pretty!
I have had this chair for quite some time. I have had different things covering it's redness. The goal is to make a slip cover.. Not as easy as the slipper chair, that I made a slip cover out of chenille, that was a snap!!
I think this drapery fabric would make a great slip cover.. I have 6 of them, so if I mess up I will have plenty to redo..
It is the arms that have me in a quandary, fortunately I found this lovely slip cover in one of the boxes of linens. I can use it for a pattern, and not feel bad about cutting it apart.
I did find something pink, I might just have to keep!! Yes it might be a duster, but it is a lovely one.
Notice the beautiful buttons? I would always wear my pearls so I wouldn't look dowdy. It appears to be see through, so I would always wear a slip, there I am back to dowdy...
Tyson was home and noticed the little lady "Graycie" modeling the house dress, she had also recently modeled the pink apron with her cowboy boots. He says, "Mom, this is creepy, really creepy. It looks like you don't want to be alone so you have someone in here with you, that is creepy!" And I ask you, "What 's so wrong with wanting to be with the one you love??"