Where That Bucket of Strips Came From
by, 02-05-2012 at 07:45 AM (443 Views)
I've gotten some inquires about where one can buy a bucket of strips. Here's the answer.
OK. Back from Mass and now armed with a cup of coffee!
About a year ago my husband and I saw an ad in the newspaper for an estate sale that had that magic word "fabric" in it. Usually we look at ads on Friday if we are planning to make the rounds so we get there early, but this time we didn't get there until early afternoon. I thought everything would be gone by then but was I ever wrong!
It was a big Victorian house with a wrap around porch. The porch was still COVERED with bags and boxes and big bolts of fabric. I dove right in! I had no idea where my husband went, but in a few minutes he tapped me on the shoulder and said ... there's MORE inside!
As it turns out, this was not a "true" estate sale. The owner was not dead at all. She was just de-stashing. She and her sister were the major designers for Concord Fabrics with many designs bearing her name, her sister's or both as a team. They are Joan and Sharon Kessler. Joan was also a project designer for both McCall's and Simplicity.
I loaded up on bolts galore and many, many bags of fabric. I was in heaven. Then I came upon several 55 gallon tubs of strips. Some were bias, many others just strips. Tons of strips. She was apparently making fabric baskets from them as several were in the mix. I came home with three tubs, having condensed them all. I filled my car until I could barely fit in myself for $120!
I've already made one little throw for my sofa from the greens since my living room walls are dark hunter green.
I am slowly making my way through them all. I have all the luscious batiks all set to go for another quilt. The bucket part of the bucket of strips really has to do with how I grabbed them from one of the bins. I had a $1 plastic bucket with a handle and just stuffed it and brought it down from my attic closet to work with.
So, not something that you can buy online but I hope you'll be inspired to look at estate sales. You never know what you'll find.