Tuesday, April 17, 2018

"Give it to Laura"

Recently, a friend's mom, Ruth, contacted me to see if I would like some boxes of vintage fabric that her mother Laura had saved over the years in a farmhouse in a northern valley. Ruth told me that when people had a scrap they didn't know what to do with, they said, "give it to Laura!"  Some of it was from Laura's mother, even. 



Laura's things were sorted through when her son took over the farmhouse, and some of the relatives wanted to throw the scraps away, but Ruth, Laura's daughter, saved the boxes. Laura considered this fabric like money in the bank, a valuable resource for making things. 



Ruth kept the boxes for years and now gave them to me because she looked at my work and thought I could appreciate the beauty and utility of vintage scraps.  I am so honored.



12 comments:

  1. I bet you'll come up with all sorts of creative things to do with all those scraps! I hope you'll show us!

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  2. Beautiful fabric and rick rack!

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  3. Oh, my goodness! What a treasure trove!!! Yay for Ruth, saving all of that for you. Quilters GOLD!

    I'm looking forward to seeing what you create...

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  4. Oooh how fun! I got a similar stash from a friend a few years back. The fabric was her great aunt’s and she passed it along to me instead of throwing it away. It was a lot of fun to go through and find fabrics that I liked. Enjoy!!

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  5. Oh wow, I am smitten. Lucky you!

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  6. I have no doubt you will make good use of all this stuff, Margo.

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  7. the BEST kind of treasure. Have fun!

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  8. That is a wonderful story. Imagine if that fabric could talk!! I'm so glad it didn't just get thrown away!

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  9. What a treasure! It looks like some of the fabrics might be "feedsack" scraps. I inherited such a box from my grandma many years ago. Some of the fabrics you pictured look familiar. Occasionally I'll dip into my treasure stash to make a mini quilt.

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  10. Those florals are so lovely. I look forward to seeing what you do with these.

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  11. I love this special kind of serendipity. Three cheers for Laura!

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