I went to a quilt show/sale awhile back. I was at a particular booth from a shop across town that I didn’t get to frequent very often. They had a big tub of fabric scraps and was selling the random pieces for $5/bag. I glanced inside the tub and lo and behold, there were Amy Butler prints inside! I asked for a sack and began filling it with the pieces, grinning a little under my breath. It was then I heard a lady muttering gruffly and loud enough for me to take notice. I looked up as expressed her opinion that ANYONE having to “grovel for scraps” couldn’t afford the hobby and should leave!
I was embarrassed; I paid for my bag and sheepishly took off. I will admit that I am frugal, I do try to stretch my $$$ – and I’m not ashamed of that, but she did hurt my feelings a bit.
I took those scraps and made one of my most favorite quilts! I bordered each piece with a finished half inch border. I used Amy Butler’s Spruce French Wallpaper print to make a border of squares that pulled the top together. I then found another Amy Butler big print for the back.
This quilt holds a warm space in my heart and will never be up for sale by me. The colors are bright and happy and the whole quilt sings to my soul! When I see it I remember that we all see the world a little differently and what may be trash to one is a prize to the next.
Here is shot of the back. The fabric is Amy Butler’s Water Lily. The little doggy that I am NOT disturbing, is Stitch, my little Boston Terrier buddy; she is never very far away.
Moral of the story: be nice to each other! There may be more to the story than you know.