Saturday, 23 August 2014

Getting shirty!

Firstly thank you so much for all those lovely comments about the bunting,bag and cushion. They are awaiting delivery. As is my Giveaway for Amy at Love Made My Home. We use Parcels to Go. Their service is excellent and every penny saved on postage costs swells the yarn and fabric stash.


Well after that forray into patchwork gifts I decided to look on EBay for shirts but by the time you add postage costs they turned out to be quite pricey. So, unusually for me I was up early last Sunday and braved our local Boot Sale. What a revelation. Being focused on one theme made the whole event not only successful but pleasurable. I have sold at many a Boot Sale and am always shocked by some people's attitude to a very fair price. They pull it apart, offer you less than half and then when you accept they walk away.!!

So I did not buy from dealers. I did not barter but I came home with 13 lovely shirts.


They ranged in price from 10p to £1.50. Checks,stripes and an added bonus of a lovely lot of buttons!

I tried to choose similar weight cotton fabrics. It makes the patch working part so much easier.

I popped them all in the washing machine and then got busy with the scissors. My goodness what a lot of material is hiding in an extra large shirt,


Then I got cutting. I am still practising accurate cutting with my rotary cuttter. I have practised so much I have already had to replace the blade . How can it ever be wrong when you pay so much attention? Getting better,but still the little gremlins are waiting at every cut.

So, I must get on with making lovely things with the booty.

My evenings on the other hand have been gently relaxing,circling and meditative. I have made some more Mandalas for charity. I really enjoy these light, portable and soothing circles.


There is a pattern on my sidebar if you want to try one and Pinterest has some beauties thanks to all the lovely people who have supported Lucy and her project for Yarndale.

Why does it have to be soooo far away?

Just to finish I have so enjoyed fellow bloggers posts about their holidays. I think we have had a lovely summer and Dorset, Devon and Cornwall are lovely places when the sun shines.



  1. I am a great fan of a car boot sale even if its only for a walk. You certainly did well.

  2. Looks like a lot of great fabric in those shirts! It'll be fun to see what you do with it. What is a boot sale? Just boots for sale? sounds like it might be more like a yard/garage/tag sale?? I like your mandala. I've been thinking of trying one of those soon. Looks like fun and a great way to use leftover bits of pretty yarns. :-) Have a wonderful weekend! :-)

  3. Good on you to find all those great shirts for fabric.. a great way to re-use, recycle and repurpose! I look forward to seeing what you make. And the mandala is awesome.. I also want to make one. We went to the State Fair yesterday and had a blast. Pix on blog. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. As you now know my parcel has arrived Linda, it is beautiful, thank you again! I will be sharing the contents on my blog in the week if anyone wants to see the goodies that Linda shared so kindly. I am looking forward to seeing more of your quilt Linda, I really must get on with mine again soon! xx

  5. What luck to find all those shirts at the sale. Quite a nice selection of colours and patterns. Love the mandala. Have a lovely, creative week ahead.

  6. Fantastic bargains found at the boot sale Linda - enough to keep you going for a wee while anyway. Having been introduced to the mandalas by you I am now searching out further patterns - can see this might end up being a bit of an obsession - a lovely one tho' so thank you.


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