To-Do Tuesday 7-18-17 | Ghoul Tidings & Thrifting Fabrics

Hello, friends! It’s another To-Do Tuesday! Last week’s list consisted of a new cross stitching start, Ghoul Tidings by Plum Street Samplers, and continuing to work on the Master bedroom. We are not having much luck finding the furniture we want at reasonable prices, so this may be something we push off until next summer. I’m leaving it on the list, as we are always on the lookout for furniture to finish up this room.

Stitch ALL The Things | Ghoul Tidings WIP

As far as my cross stitching start, I made a lot of progress! This is for the Salem Not Forgotten stitch along that was started on Facebook and Instagram by some stitchy friends. This SAL is to remember those who were persecuted and killed in the Salem Witch Trials in 1692, as this year is the 325th anniversary. We could choose any piece that referenced that time period, Salem, and/or witches (hopefully incorporating the date within the piece). I chose Ghoul Tidings because I had the digital copy of the 2013 Halloween issue of Just Cross Stitch on my computer and–as this chart was in that issue–I had a chart I could use right away and not have to pay for. I only have two words, the date, another small pumpkin motif and my signature left to do and then this WIP is done. Except for fully finishing it off, which I will do when we get back to Arizona. I am hoping I will have time to finish this tonight, Monday, after I write this post. The lighting won’t be good enough to include a picture of this finish in this week’s post, so it will be in next Tuesday’s post.

Stitch AlL The Things | Goodwill Fabric Find Bag 2

On one of our trips out thrifting, we stopped at a Goodwill in West Salem that had someone’s donated fabric stash. The fabrics were bundled into bags that were $5 each. I picked three bags that I thought had good novelty prints for future bags. Some of the fabrics were JoAnns fabrics, and some were quilt shop fabrics. I thought the Country Blessings print (pictured above) was really cute. There’s a yard of the Country Blessings print, a yard of a great coordinating print (bottom right, but it doesn’t look great in the picture), and a few other half yard pieces.

Stitch AlL The Things | Goodwill Fabric Find Bag 3

I loved the coffee print and the musical prints in this bag. There was one yard each!

Stitch AlL The Things | Goodwill Fabric Find Bag 1

The last bag contained ten 9″ half square triangles made from Riley Blake’s Cottage Garden and what looks like Kona cotton in white. There was also a charm pack of some fabric line that I feel like I should know the name of, but I haven’t got a clue. If you know the name, would you please it in the comments? This also has a 4 yard cut of what feels like Moda Bella fabric, some other charm squares, a little HST made from Grunge, and some 7″ pastel plaid squares. The best part was the quilt as you go piece. I’m not sure what I will do with that, but I just might make a little project bag for me with it!

This week the Mister and I will still hunt for treasures at the thrift stores and furniture stores. I will also have another new cross stitch start. It’s not a large one, so I expect it will be done in a week.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • New cross stitch start
  • Continue working on master bedroom

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14 thoughts on “To-Do Tuesday 7-18-17 | Ghoul Tidings & Thrifting Fabrics

  1. Your Ghoul Tidings looks wonderful and such fun. Although the Witch Trials and Salem – awful. Love your fabric thrift buys. Always great to score a bargain.

  2. Hi Christine,
    It looks like you really found some great treasures. The Bella fabric alone is worth the price of all three bags. I’ll look forward to seeing what you do with those two quilt-as-you-go blocks. They sure are cute. ~smile~ Roseanne

    1. I did find some great treasures! I was hoping the fabric inside was Kona Snow, and was disappointed at first. I kept thinking it was a cheap JoAnn’s fabric. But the more I handled it, the more I realized it wasn’t cheap fabric and that it felt and handled just like my Moda Bella fabric. So I’m 99% sure that’s what it is, and it definitely made the entire purchase worth it!

    2. Hi Christine,
      I love, love, LOVE Bella fabric. I am new to it – thank heavens Pat Sloan recommended it for her Grandma’s Kitchen. You really snagged a good bargain. ~smile~ Roseanne

  3. Garage Sale/Thrift Store fabric finds are amazing! There was one here last weekend where they were charging $2/pound of fabric. I bough 11 pounds, and ended up with well over 30 yards of fabric – most of them 5 yard cuts or larger! As always, the stitching is beautiful!

  4. How fun for you to find those $5 bags while shopping for your furniture. You really hit a bargain in fabric! So, I just did some searching to educate myself in the Salem Witch trials. Very tragic. But your piece looks like fun!

    1. I was sad to leave a bunch of bags behind, but I didn’t really need to acquire someone else’s stash along with mine…LOL!! The Salem Witch trials were absolutely awful.

  5. What great thrifty fabric finds! You always find the best stuff. And I adore your witchy cross stitch! I love witches and the history & folklore surrounding them. I read “The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem” last year and was both fascinated and horrified. Such a tragic chapter in our country’s history!

    1. We’ve spent so much time in the thrift shops this summer, it’s almost ridiculous. There are such great things up here in Salem though, so we can’t resist going to see what else they have! I need to read that book. The Salem Witch Trials are so awful, and I’m always blown away at the mass hysteria that came from ignorance (medical and otherwise), bigotry, intolerance, rivalry, and jealousy all disguised as puritanical righteousness. I think that’s probably a simplistic view of what happened, and I can only imagine the terror of those who weren’t quite religious enough, or had unexplained maladies, or who pissed off the pious and righteous. The subject is, as you say, fascinating and horrifying. I just found that book and borrowed it as a digital book from my library. I’ll start reading it later today. Thanks for the information!

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