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Thread: My thrift store find

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    My thrift store find

    Today, my husband and I ran some errands and decided to stop by one of the thrift shops. This little prize was on the shelf not priced. I could not believe the work involved. It is 10" across and has over 300 tiny pieces appliqued on it. Some of the pieces are about 1/4 inch. It also has embroidery on it. I hope you can see the detail in the pictures. By the way, I paid $.75. One of the pictures is a close upName:  antique applique-1.JPG
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    That is beautiful!! I wonder how long it took to make this

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    I think you got a bargain. I have never seen anything like that before. Don't you wish you knew it's story?
    She who dies with the most fabric, didn't sew fast enough!

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    Wow what a find and to know that someone put a lot of time into that and was only $0.75 is amazing. what a treasure
    ​Christine

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    What a great find. Hours and hours of work.

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    Wow! It's amazing, what people discard. Someone put many, many hours into making that!
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    In case you are wondering, that is called a mola, probably from the highlands of Guatemala.
    Life is made up of bits and pieces. You won't know how it'll turn out till its done.

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    I was thinking it was a mola too. I have a shirt that friends brought back from the San Blas Islands when they were cruising on their sailboat and the tiny stitches of the applique look the same. That is quite a find.
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    Neat little treasure you found!
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    That is an awesome find! Just beautiful!

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    I wonder why ANYONE would throw that away. Someone, someday will wish for it again.

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    Really awesome find!!!

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    I have heard of molas, but have not ever seen one before. It is so intricate and just beautiful! Nice find!

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    The technique looks like mola's, but the style isn't.
    Molas are made by the Kuna Yalas - an indigenous tribe in the eastern part of Panama.
    But whatever it is, it is a GREAT find! I am envious!

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    Great find. Great bargain.

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    I was on a cruise and stopped off in Belize I bought a similar style of quilting in the form of a hand bag. There
    was all kinds of work in this method. Great work that they do lucky find.

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    That is beautiful. When I die and my children give all of my "stuff" to Good Will, I hope someone thinks they got a good bargain as well.
    Jo Ann
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    That is sew pretty! What a bargain!
    If a woman's work is never done....why start?

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    What a little treasure!

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    It's beautiful..... wonder what it would say if it could talk - about it's history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joivey View Post
    That is beautiful. When I die and my children give all of my "stuff" to Good Will, I hope someone thinks they got a good bargain as well.
    Jo Ann
    I absolutely second this thought .......
    Make it a scrappy happy day!

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    Wonderful bargain-and it is so nice.
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    Great Find!! Treasure it!
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    It is a Mola and the stitching method is called reverse applique. I have several molas that I purchased years ago.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Pretty! You got a great bargain and a lovely piece of work.

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