Tu-Na Travels: Finding Fabric

Tu-Na Helper and I spent a long weekend in Austin, Texas returning late on Monday. While there, we browsed through several thrift shops. Why? Because I love a good deal and one never knows what they might find.

I found 5 3/4 yards of this beautiful elephant fabric.

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The colors are vibrant. It felt lovely and soft. Although it hadn’t been washed, it still smelled good telling me that whoever had it took good care of it.

The price tag read $5.00. But it wasn’t 50% off day.

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The fabric is “Elephants” designed for Exclusively Quilters. Exclusively Quilters is known for producing fabric with realistic looking animals. Look at all those color dots on the selvedge! 

Did I buy it? Need you ask.

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5 3/4 yards is a lot of fabric but it still fit in my personal bag for the flight home.

What will I make with it? Not sure yet. What would you make with it?

What I Learned Today:

  1. I enjoy a good find.
  2. Good finds are getting harder to find.
  3. Shopping at thrift shops is addicting.
  4. I could be addicted to worse things.
  5. Contrary to what Tu-Na Helper says, I don’t need to have a plan in order to buy something. My plan will eventually come.

Question: Would you have purchased it?

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

Linking to:

Friday Foto Fun at Powered by Quilting

Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

18 thoughts on “Tu-Na Travels: Finding Fabric

  1. piecefulwendy

    My first thought was, “Oh, she bought that for the Elephant in the Room quilt.” Haha. Or when you make your version of the elephant quilt I made 🙂 you could use it on the back of that. Or, you could do a fun improv top with African batiks and use the elephant fabric for the back of that. Or you could use the elephant fabric for the quilt top, either fussy cutting the elephants or something. That might be fun too. I’m full of ideas, so I’m glad you bought the fabric! I never find steals like that at thrift shops.

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  2. Kathleen McCormick

    What a terrific find! I am sure it willgsmet used and lov d well! I don’t have the patience for thrift shops these days – one too many church yard sales have soured my taste for these things. Then again, I am probably afraid I’ll come home with something I really don’t need.

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  3. Rochelle Summers

    Oh, Absolutely! I can see fussy cutting it into blocks for an elephant sampler quilt; using it for a backing; maybe making curtains for an elephant lover. Almost 6 yards for $5! You hit the jackpot.

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  4. rl2b2017

    Hi Karen,
    What a fabulous find and great buy! Yes, I would probably have bought it. With that amount of yardage you can use it in all kinds of ways! ~smile~ Roseanne

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  5. dezertsuz

    I think I would probably have bought it. It would make great backing fabric, as pointed out, but with that much of it, you could use it for any number of projects from a baby quilt to pillows to lap quilts to wall hangings, and probably still have some left over for the scrap bin. Less than $1 yard, it was a bargain for nice fabric!

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