My birthday was Thursday, and I took the day off from work. There was one thing I really wanted to do, so I did it.
Before that, though, DH took me out to breakfast after a trip to the gym. That was a good start to the day.
You see, I bought a huge quantity of extra-wide cotton fabric in April 2007 when our local Hancock Fabrics went out of business. How do I know this? I looked it up in my Quicken files because I paid for it with my debit card. I do remember, however, that the fabric was so voluminous that it had to be cut into two pieces to fit into the panniers of the motorcycle we were on that day.
The fabric was 120" wide, but shrank to 114.5" wide. The pieces were each four yards long, and shrank minimally - a lot less shrinkage in length than in width. I can vouch for having laundered (both washed and dried) this fabric at least three times, simply because it is 100% cotton.
Ahem. So, anyway, I asked to meet a friend at her neighborhood's clubhouse, where we could lay out the fabric on a huge, square-tiled floor. We laid out one piece of fabric, then marked and cut it the length needed for the fitted sheet. One small triangle of fabric was removed from the corner of this piece so that I can identify the fitted sheet piece later on. We laid out the other piece of fabric, then marked and cut it the length I wanted for the flat sheet.
The bigger scraps of fabric may be enough to make some pillowcases. I'm not worried about that at all because we have plenty of pillowcases.
Here you can see me in the sleeveless top in the pictures taken of this process:
The fabric was folded and returned to the laundry basket (seen in two pictures) to go back home. The corners will be cut from the fitted sheet and all sewing will be done, but only after I finish the skirt that I seem to have been working on forever. Click here to see the most recent skirt progress pictures.
Later on, my friend treated my cousin and me to lunch at Panera. We had a good time, and the food is always good there, too!
After supper at home, my cousin and I went to the library and then to the super wal-mart [sort of] nearby.
This fabric had been in my stash for about two months shy of five years. I would say that it was "properly aged." Today's question, should you choose to answer it, is this:
What is the longest time you've had a piece of fabric in your stash?