Finally, after 5 months we have gone
through the house and cleared the downstairs area. We continue to
go to the house once a week and usually put in 3 or 4 hours of work
While going through the house, we found
boxes of fabric everywhere. They are in every room and every closet.
I swear the fabric was breeding like Tribbles.
You can hardly get into the garage. There
is a big boat on one side. However, on the other side of the garage,
what did we find - old washers, dryers and other appliances and
more boxes and boxes of fabric!
There are two sheds in the back yard. Each
12 ft x 6 ft x 8 ft tall. The first has yard equipment and tools.
Pretty normal for a shed. We approached the second and opened the
door. It is full of Rubbermaid totes. They are stacked to the ceiling
with a two-foot path left to get inside. Inside all the totes is
guess what - FABRIC!
We left the sewing room with its closed
door for last. We finally opened the door. OMG! There is an 18"
path from the door to the sewing machine in the opposite corner
of the room. The 4-foot wall of the path consists of fabric. Along
the walls the fabric goes to the ceiling!
We have boxes full of items we are going
to sell in an estate
sale. They are placed along the wall to mimic tables for the
fabric. There is a huge cutting table we will dismantle before we
can bring it down stairs. Before we can do that, we must remove
all the fabric stuffed to the brim under the table! It will be reassembled
into the living room to hold the fabric. We have a large dining
table in the dining room. There are small pieces of furniture here
and there that we can lay fabric on. All the big furniture has already
been taken to MrsK's (my endearing pet name for my mother-in-law)
It is hard to imagine all this fabric. We
will stage the fabric in three locations. All the fabric found in
the house will be displayed downstairs. All the fabric in the garage
will be displayed on metal shelves in the garage. All the tubs in
the shed will be pulled out and set in the yard so visitors can
go through them.
There is so much fabric! I do not
know if we will be able to find homes for all of it. Please let
everyone you know about this adoption event.
It has actually started! The time has come
to bring the fabric downstairs!
We removed all the fabric on, around, under,
and in front of the cutting table that my FIL built for my MIL.
It is huge at 6 ft wide, 3 ft deep, and 4 ft tall. After removing
all the fabric, we found an end-of-bed storage bench under the table.
Of course, it is full of fabric. The cutting table was built by
a master craftsman and so was a pain to dismantle. LOL. We got the
parts downstairs and "remantled" them in the center of
the living room. It is such a nice table. My goodness! Where can
I squeeze it into my own tiny house?
We created a long cardboard slide over the
stairs. I picked a pile of fabric in the master bedroom and started
taking bags to the stairs to slide them down. Whoosh! Most of the
fabrics were in the original bags from when my MIL bought the fabric.
At the end of the stairs is the front door which stopped the bag
of fabric. Thump! Hubby was at the bottom collecting the bags and
placing them in the living room. So, for about an hour, you heard:
WHOOSH! THUMP! WHOOSH! THUMP! . . .
Removing the pile of fabric uncovered a
small letter desk. I knew there was a piece of furniture under the
pile, but did not know what it was. Once uncovered, we were able
to check the contents. What a treasure we found - old pictures of
great relatives! There was a gold locket with a picture of hubby's
great grandmother holding a little child that was his grandmother.
Mostly, we are finding cotton fabric for
quilting, but there are other non-cotton fabrics as well. I found
linen, rayon, oxford, fleece, polyester, wool, synthetics, and blends.
Some I cannot identify. We will stack those fabrics together and
let the fabric experts decipher them.
Well, that is about 10% of the fabric down
the stairs. Let's hope, now that we have a system, the rest will
come down faster.
I tried to take pictures, but we do not
have mobile phones which made it difficult. I used an RCA pad we
found at the house to take pictures. Do you know you cannot transfer
pictures from an RCA pad to a computer without purchasing special
equipment? That was disappointing. I had an old electronic camera
and took several photos. They are poor quality, but at least I obtained
This desk was covered with fabric. All we could see was the top
shelf. The drawer under the writing area is where we found the gold
This is the beginning of sorting the fabric. These are
This is the table on which we are placing fabrics such as linen,
rayon, oxford, fleece, polyester, wool, synthetics, and blends.
We left the sewing room with its closed
door for last. We finally opened that door - but not all the way.
It would only open about 18".
OMG! There is an 18" path from the
door to the sewing machine that is in the opposite corner of the
room. The 4-foot wall of the path consists of fabric and patterns.
Along the room's walls the fabric goes to the ceiling!
I squeezed in and started removing bags
from behind the door, each full of cotton fabrics for quilting.
It was much easier to move fabric out once we could open the door
all the way. We spent several hours clearing the center of the room.
We are back to the WHOOSH! THUMP! WHOOSH! THUMP! . . . (See the
last update about "Whoosh! Thump!")
We are using the two big rooms downstairs
to display the fabrics. Piles of cottons are in the living room
and piles of other types of fabric are in the dining room.
I drastically underestimated the amount
of fabric my mother-in-law had collected. I was thinking about 1000
yards or more. Well, at this time we estimate over 4000 yards of
fabric downstairs. Over half of it is cottons for quilting.
This is just the fabric in the house. We
still have the garage and shed to go through. They are full of fabric
too. When are they going to turn on the light at the end of this
The "Huge Fabric Adoption" will
happen at the end of September or beginning of October. Because
there is so much fabric, we are rethinking the adoption fee. Most
pieces will be available for just $1 yard.
This is MrsKs sewing room with the
No Room For One More
We have moved all the fabric in the
house downstairs. There is wall-to-wall fabric in two large
rooms and a kitchen. Some piles are 5 feet tall. Some piles
are leaning and about to fall over. Some piles are fabric
I cannot identify. There are a zillion piles of cotton fabric
for quilting. We just do not have enough space to display
all the fabric properly. It is going to be a madhouse during
the adoption. Check out the pictures of the fabric at the
end of this update.
It is time to take a look in the shed.
We open the door. There is a 3-foot path in the middle that
is stuffed with batting and bags. I guess MrsK just could
not find room for them inside the house. Along all the walls
are totes. You cannot get into the shed. There is no room
for one more tote. I am guessing there are around 60 to 70
of them. Earlier, we asked MrsK what kind of fabric was in
the totes. She said they are full of cotton fabric for quilting.
My goodness, and I thought we had enough cotton fabric that
is now devouring the living room like the "Blob".
We peeked into a tote and sure enough, cotton fabric. It is
best to keep the totes where they are. They are protected.
We will remove them during the adoption. However, we need
to get those bags out to check the condition of the contents.
After the shed, we will work on the
garage fabric. We hope to have the fabric adoption in mid
Cut pieces are 1 to 6 yards.
No matter how big!
$3 for most pieces
$5 for fleece
$10 for fur
Small pieces, fat quarters, and scraps
can be stuffed and sealed in a 8" x 12" bag for
Hubby unlocking the shed door.
View of a few totes in the
These are the bags in the
center of the shed.
of Fabric Pictures
Cotton fabric along one wall in the living room.
Cotton fabric in living room as viewed from the front door.
Cotton fabric in living room as viewed from the kitchen.
Cotton fabric in corner of living room about to fall over.
Fur and fleece on the cutting table in the living room.
Two of the four shelves in the kitchen.
We call this the Old and Dusty fabric.
It was stored on shelves in the sewing room for over 30 years.
This is a table of unknown fabric in the dining room.
All the bags on the floor are fabric which need to be placed
on shelves in the kitchen.
This is the beginning of the wool pile in the dining room.
Next to it are corduroy, velvet, and velour.
The Date is Set!
We worked on the garage this weekend. I
think we are about half done with it. There is a little more fabric
than I expected, at least five shelves full. I thought the fabric
in the garage was really old fabric like double knits. However,
it looks like MrsK stored many totes of cotton fabrics as well.
Of the five shelves, at least two are cotton.
I have a big announcement and wanted to
send this update ASAP, therefore no new pictures this time. We have
set a date! The plan is to start the adoption on Friday, October
18. The times will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday (18th), Saturday
(19th), and if needed, Sunday (20th).
We have quite a few quilters planning to
visit us during the fabric adoption. The paths through the house
are very narrow. They are just wide enough to accommodate a walker.
We are going to try our best to make things go smoothly for everyone.
It would really help if you could provide
the following information.
1. What day would you most likely attend?
2. What time of day would you try to arrive?
3. Will you be bringing others with you? If so, how many?
We need assistance with the stairs
from the kitchen to the garage. There are 3 steps with a handrail
but they are very steep. We are looking for volunteers to man this
post for about an hour to help those using the stairs. You can choose
3 pieces of fabric excluding fleece and fur as a "Thank You".
Is this something that would interest you?
The Garage and Shed
We worked on the garage again this weekend
and are pretty much done. The garage contains 3 shelves with double
knits and other assorted fabrics. There are 2 shelves of cotton.
On top of the shelves are a few pieces of polyester batting we found
in the shed. The three bottom shelves are reserved for bags of stuffing
found in the sewing room. To the left will be a table stacked with
Hubby pulled all the bags from the shed.
Some contained polyester batting but most of it was fabric: cotton,
fleece, and furs. We put some of the fabric in totes and back into
the shed. Several bags we had to leave as they were and put them
back in the center of the shed.
There are three pictures of the shed below.
The left side has a row of totes against the wall. Looking down
the center of the shed, you can see many totes in the back. On the
right side the totes are two deep. Hubby found more than 140 totes,
4 large bags, 2 small bags, and several bolts of fabric. We will
pull the totes out and place them in the backyard the morning of
the first day of the adoption. Tarps will be laid down so quilters
can place fabric on them while looking through the totes.
View of Fabric Collected in Garage
Left Side of Shed
Center of Shed
Right Side of Shed
found many quilting books in the sewing room and placed them
on a shelf in the garage. There are hardbacks and paperbacks
covering several topics.
third shelf is full of lace, trim, and tassels. MrsK did not
make a lot of craft items, but she did like collecting their
supplies. She just could not resist a sale.
fourth shelf has an abundance of shoulder pads. I think MrsK
thought there was going to be a ban on buying them. We found
them all over the sewing room stuffed here and there. There
are thin ones, thick ones, little ones, big ones, all kinds.
| MrsK collected lots of lace.
We have several bolts of it.
The basket on the floor is full of
elastic. We stretched each and every one to make sure they
still have their zing.
|We got all the stuffing downstairs
and placed the bags on the bottom shelves in the garage. MrsK
did make stuffed items. We have a big bag full of huge vegetables
she made. I have no idea what she intened to do with them. It
could be she just enjoyed making them. Come on by as they will
all be on display.
Anyone need a zipper? Look at
all the fancy colors. The tote contains mostly zippers of
a single color. She also found these really pretty ones. Sad
that she never used them. If you need a zipper, we have them.
As the adoption day gets closer, we
are getting excited. There are only two more working days
to get ready as we go once a week. They will likely be longer
working days as we still have 1000s of patterns to bring down.
Short up-date this week. Sorry there are
We moved the rest of the notions out of
the sewing room and down into the garage. Next week we will place
everything in bins and price them.
The only thing left in the sewing room are
1000s of patterns. They are for clothes and crafty items. I am not
sure if anyone wants patterns or not. Just in case, we will have
them available. I bet the crafty patterns will get new homes.
Next week I hope to have pictures of all
Woohoo, only 2 more weeks till the adoption.
All the fabric is getting excited about their new homes.
We Are Ready!
the last of the notions and have them ready for you to check out.
Well, this is it. This Friday (October 18)
we will open the door.
We are all excited about this huge event.
The fabric is having parties Wednesday and Thursday night to celebrate
their upcoming adoption.
It is not over
know it has been a while since sending an update. I have just been
The adoption went great! We were able to
adopt out a ton of fabric. We had baggie stations where quilters
were stuffing fabric in the provided ziploc bags. I was amazed how
inventive they were. Some could stuff as much as $50 worth of fabric
in those bags! Once the bag was sealed, they were able to adopt
that fabric for just $3. So, much fabric went to their new homes
I have received many emails asking what
I am going to do with all the leftover fabric. There is still a
ton of it. I have bulk buyers interested in the cotton, flannel,
corduroy, and wool fabrics. After all the transactions are completed,
I will open the rest of the fabric up for free adoptions. I am sure
there are a lot of charity programs that could benefit. When we
are ready for the free adoption, I will send you an email.
I hope to be ready by the end of November,
Getting Ready for the Pick Up
I am sending this update in answer to some
questions I am getting about the fabric left from the fabric adoption.
I am being bombarded by them. 8o)
There will not be another adoption. We are
just too worn out from setting up and having the one.
There is too much fabric to make deliveries.
It will have to be picked up on a designated date to be determined.
The following fabrics will not be available:
cotton, flannel, corduroy, wool, fleece, and fur. What I cannot
adopt out for a bulk price, I will keep. If you are interested in
bulk purchasing of these fabrics, let me know. After all the transactions
are completed, I will open the rest of the fabric up for free pick
There will only be fabric available.
Doing it Again
went to the house this weekend for the first time since the fabric
adoption. With so much fabric leaving to their new homes that weekend,
I was sure that most of the cotton was gone. I was amazed to find
over 30 totes of it left.
I am rethinking our plan. As tired as we
are, we must consider another fabric adoption.
I think we can get all the fabric in the
house and garage this time. Well, at least we will try. Select fabrics
will be in the living room. The adoption fee will be $1 per piece
for cotton, flannel, corduroy, and wool. The adoption fee for fleece
will be $2 and for fur $5.
All the other fabrics such as linen, rayon,
oxford, polyester, synthetics, double knits, and blends will be
in the dining room, kitchen and garage. There will be no adoption
fee. Just take what you want.
I hate to send an update without a picture,
so I thought I would share this one. When searching for an assisted
living apartment for MrsK, one of the requirements was to allow
pets. With her are Sam and Birdy, the boys. I took in Pitty Pat,
her girl. Here you can see her basting in the window next to my
computer. She is a little upset that I woke her for a picture.
Fabric Be Gone
We made another
trip to the house, went through all the totes in the shed, and categorized
them by fabric type. We have totes of cotton, flannel, wool, corduroy,
fleece, fur, and others. There are over 35 totes of cotton alone.
There is still cotton left in the living
room from the first adoption. I will restack it to make room for
more. There, we hope to have the following: cotton, flannel, wool,
corduroy, fleece, fur, and bolts. Cottons and flannels will only
be $1 apiece. The others will also have bargain prices.
In the kitchen, dining room, and garage,
will be: velvet, velour, linen, oxford, rayon, polyester, synthetics,
double knits, and blends. All these fabrics will be Free
for the taking.
I took the camera but forgot to take a picture.
Let everyone know about the Free
fabric. We need it gone.
the first adoption, it looked like a tornado went through the house.
Fabric was disarrayed everywhere! Everyone had such a fun time going
through it. The fabric in the living room is now nicely restacked.
We got most of the totes, with cotton, from the shed to the living
room. We will need to go to the house one more day to move the rest.
We should be ready up coming weekend.
is going to be tight, so we will all have to act like sardines.
Totes in the living room.
fabrics will be in the living room. The adoption fee will be $1
per piece for cotton, flannel, corduroy, and wool. The adoption
fee for fleece will be $3 and for fur $5.
the other fabrics such as linen, rayon, oxford, polyester, synthetics,
double knits, and blends will be in the dining room, kitchen and
garage. There will be no adoption fee. That means !
Just take what you want.
items like books and notions, will be priced accordingly.
It is Over
It is finally over!
It was a rough but fun ride. We are definitely
worn out. Thank you all that came by to give fabric a new and loving
All the prime fabric is gone. All that is
left is old polyester and double knits. I am not sure what I am
going to do with it. For now I will tote it up and put it in the
All the other sewing items like quilt tops,
quilts, notions, and books will be available during the estate sale.
We hope to be ready for it February or March.
If you would like more information about
the estate sale, just visit www.cddesigns.com/estate/