Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Thrift Shop Finds, Cretonne Stars and Scrap Status

After reading about Lori's Charitable Opportunities and her upcoming trip to Bolivia, I wanted to do my part. 

There's a great thrift shop not far from our cabin so I purchased several pillowcases for 50-cents each and made these little dresses.

They were quick and easy. 

I followed these instructions found on Pinterest.

But now I think I'm hooked. This afternoon I bought a few more pillowcases, a little fabric and a baggie of rag balls--all for $3.


Here are last week's Cretonne Stars.


I only had one good example in my stash (see below) so went shopping to see what I could find. This leaf print caught my eye.  


This one, too. I'm not sure I like that blue but used it anyway because it matched the center. See the faded floral print in the corner squares?


It's the reverse of the fabric you see here. 

This one is from my stash. Looks like Cretonne, don't you think?  


I just learned that the quilt shop is closing and the owners are retiring. I'm sorry to see it go as it is the only fabric store in the area. 

Scrap status: after a busy summer of cutting (and sewing) scraps I'm down to 2 very small piles--and yes, they are ironed and ready to be cut.

I have one drawer of triangles (all sizes) many of which are leftovers from prior projects . . . 


Strips . . . thinking Rail Fence for these.  


Always need squares for something. I cut them 5", 3", and 2" . . . 


. . . and will continue cutting 1-1/2" squares, tumblers for another quilt-in-progress and 1-1/2" x 3" rectangles for 4-patches. 


Copyright 2015, Barbara Schaffer


  1. You have been super busy in a very good way. You've made some cute dresses for some sweet little girls. Your stars are continue to hit the mark. What a great job getting your scraps under control. I should do that too. I like all the different useable pieces you've cut.

  2. Hello Barbara !
    You did lovely dresses !! Yesterday, I had the incredible chance to meet Lori and her daughter in Paris and I gave to her my dresses too !
    Your BB stars are sooo beautiful and as I read in this wonderful post, you are very busy !
    Great projects are coming soon no ?
    I wish you a nice day !!

  3. your dresses are so cute - I love the ruffled one! What a great thrift store tht must be.
    Your stars are fabulous as usual - I love your mix of contrast placement.