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Clothing Labels — a CQ treasure and Giveaway.

Posted June 12, 2011 By FairyKateH

        Is it just me, or do other people collect clothing labels like I do?   I am convinced that “someday” I will figure out a way to use clothing labels as embellishments in a CQ block. 

        When I buy clothes, I look for color, fit and comfort, but I also look at the clothing label to see what it looks like, not just to see what brand it is.   On rare occassions, I’ve actually considering buying a shirt just BECAUSE I liked the clothing label.  (gggrin!)  These labels usually mention environmental issues or world peace or believing in yourself.

       Luckily, I’ve come to my senses and not bought these shirts because they didn’t fit as well as I would have liked.  But it was a tough call for a few minutes.  I reeeeeeally wanted those labels for my collection. 

      If you are a “clothing label” fanatic like I am, please leave a note describing what you do with your labels.  I will choose the person with the most unique idea for the  use of labels and send you a small baggie full —  “FREE OF CHARGE” anywhere in the world. 

     Leave a note telling me how you use labels.  I will choose a winner on Sunday morning, June 19th.  For those of you on the other side of the Big Pond, I live in the Central Standard time zone in the U.S. if that helps.

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WINNER of the May Monthly Drawing

Posted June 6, 2011 By FairyKateH

The winner of the first monthly drawing for $20 of crazy quilt supplies is Dorothy Carroll of Virginia.

Here is Dotty’s reply when she received her squishie full of CQ goodies:

I received your “goody” envelope and thank you so very much The items will be put to good use. I am planning a parasol girl quilt to be all velvet and most of the items you sent will be used to decorate her dress. ThANK YOU so very much.

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Hankies, just gotta love ‘em.


            Time to take a trip down memory lane.  Do you remember the days when everyone carried a cloth hankie?  I spent many an hour ironing my father’s handkerchiefs when I was a child, but I do not recall my mother using them.

            When my grandmother-in-law passed away and we were going through her things, her daughter, my mother-in-law brought a large handful of grandma’s handkerchiefs to me.  Her thought was, “they’re pretty and they are fabric.  You must be able to use them somehow.”  I wasn’t so sure, but I took them home with me to remind me of Grandma.

            It wasn’t till I began crazy quilting that I learned just how to use a tiny work of art like a woman’s hankie.  I met a teacher named Cindy Brick who wrote a wonderful book called, “Hankie Pankey Crazy Quilts”.  Cindy makes the most “exquisite crazy quilts” using bits and pieces of cut-up hankies.  Check out her book on 

For more info about Cindy, here’s her website.

            Anyway, one of Grandma’s hankies looked a bit unusual; it was obviously very, very old.  It even said “turkey red” on the side of it which I believe was a very old form of red dye.

            Cindy told me it was made before the turn of the century and at auction, could bring more than thirty dollars.  I know that “finding value” in such trivial things as an “old snot rag” depends on the person looking at the object in question, but what I’m saying is, “don’t turn your nose up at a bunch of old hankies” at the next auction or estate sale you attend.  You might find something of great value.  The value of some old hankies is nothing to “sneeze at”.  The beauty of some of these tiny pieces of art for your nose might “bring you to tears”.  (okay…okay…I’m done.  GGGrin!) 


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