Fabric Finds

Life sometimes has a way of getting away from you as can be evidenced by the length of time since my last blog entry.  My husband and I took a much needed vacation in July.  I left a day early for the cottage, which we have now rented on Crystal Lake for the past 3 years.  My first stop of the day was in Keene, NH to take my Brother sewing machine in for some much needed maintenance.  I am embarrassed to say this is the first maintenance done on it since it's purchase 4 years ago.  What better time to have it done than when we are on vacation...right?  My next stop was at Monadnock Oil Co. in Peterborough to stock up on some evoo and balsamic vinegar.  This was indeed on the way!!!  I started selling aprons and baskets to them wholesale in the Spring.  I was delighted to discover the aprons had been selling well with only 2 aprons left .  I knew what I would be doing after vacation.  Once I arrived at the cottage and unpacked the car I headed out to a concert that my friends were putting on that evening in a park 40 minutes from the cottage.  A perfect way to launch my vacation.  My husband could not get away early so he joined me at the lake on Saturday.  We read, swam, kayaked, and generally relaxed.....the perfect vacation and the week just flew by!  

The previous 2 years we have stayed at this place we have taken a day trip to the Maine coast and I deliver merchandise to Mainely Quilts, who I have been consigning my work to for the past 10 years.  This years, we took our trip to Maine on the day we left the cottage and spent Saturday night in Freeport and enjoyed L.L. Bean's free concert in the park series on Saturday.  I stopped at Marden's in Sanford , ME on my way to Freeport and did my annual fabric shopping there.  Marden's is a hit or miss type of place.  Factory over runs at 50% off is what they are all about.  Good finds this year!  The top left photo is SOME (not all) of the fabric finds.  The pear and gold fabric I immediately made into an apron, which I delivered to Monadnock Oil Co. along with 4 other aprons last week.  I saw several baskets peeking out at me from this group of fabrics.  Three of them are featured here and they too were sold to the Olive Oil Company.  YES, I have been very busy!!!  Next thing on the agenda is to build up inventory for the Garlic and Arts Festival which is the last weekend in September.  I have a VERY lengthy list of items that need to be made in order to fill a 10' X 10' booth.  Most of the fabric and then some will get made into runners and coiled fabric baskets.  Production is going to be kicking into high gear over the next few weeks!!!