A huge return on a .99 cent fat quarter…

First things first…

Today is my 33rd Wedding Anniversary (YAY!) and I thought I’d share the flowers from my birthday party last week. They go perfectly with today’s post. Who knows if I’ll get “new” flowers….

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Now to today’s post…

Several years ago I stopped by a small variety store and found one particular fat quarter ( a piece of fabric 18″ x 22″) that caught my eye. It was an Asian looking piece; very bright and colorful in pinks and purples. It’s hard to make something from just ONE fat quarter so I searched for a second one…to no avail. I decided I could do something with it and made the huge .99 cent purchase.

When I got home and looked at my dolls, I decided Song, by Helen Kish, would be the recipient of an outfit made from the fat quarter. I drafted a pattern for a long tunic and added a coordinating pair of pants to go with it. The headpiece was very pretty and added some extra charm to the whole Oriental look I was hoping for.

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I listed it on Ebay and it was a hit, selling for $67.00! I was pleased that I had turned my .99 cents into a fairly nice profit! I mailed it off with a smile and was quite happy! Here are a few pics of Song modeling the outfit. Isn’t she pretty?

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But if that wasn’t enough…

I had tiny little An Mei, also by Helen Kish, and she was just the right size to use up the small scraps I had left over from Song’s set.
This is what I made for An Mei:

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I listed this tiny little set and waited to see if it might sell… Well, my socks just about flew off when the winning bid came in at $102.00! I was flabbergasted that the little .99 cent fat quarter brought in $169.00! This has to be my best return ever on a fat quarter!!

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What’s your best “return on a fat quarter” story?
See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Comments

  1. Jeanne, I really remember those outfits, thinking that was the prettiest Asian fabric I have seen. I love the flower headdresses! So glad you had such success from them.

    • Thanks Sissy,
      After I made those 2 outfits, I went on a search for almost a year, and found some in California… 3 yards for $21.00. I bought it and have only made one thing since… go figure!
      Thanks, Jeanne

  2. Jeanne, I am blown away at the beauty of these creations. They are classically beautiful.
    I have found a few fat quarters I’d like but I was not sure I could possibly work an outfit out of them. You are giving me encouragement to give it a try. Thank you!!

    • Thank You Jeannie,
      The fabric is what makes them so eye catching I think. You just have to make certain when you cut something out that it is exactly the way you want it, or you’ll be short on fabric. I lay it all out and double check several times before cutting.
      Blessings, Jeanne

  3. Love is the word I use to describe how I feel about Asian dolls. No fat quarter story. In fact it was about a year ago, I finally asked what a fat quarter meant. The dolls and outfits are wonderful!

    Jan M

  4. Thank you Jan,
    I’m kind of partial to the Asian dolls myself. Lian is very special to me and a top favorite that I use to model my things. Thank you for your compliments.
    Blessings, Jeanne

  5. Hi Jeanne, Have to let you know how much I am enjoying your blog site. I have learned so much since I ‘ve popped in to look and read. I love your Asian inspired clothes for Song and little An Mei. That print is amazing and h=the head piece is truly a work of art and so wonderful pieced with the fabric. Hope you continue posting blogs…Lynne

    • Hi Lynne,
      How very nice of you to compliment me on the Asian outfits. It was one of the prettiest fabrics I had seen and I actually searched until I found more of it… out in California. So now I have 3 yards of it!
      I do plan on continuing to post on my blog. I hope I don’t run out of things to say. Surely I won’t!
      Thanks Lynne,
      blessings, Jeanne

  6. YOU. Are amazing!!!!
    Wow! Now truth be told, you DID add some additional fabric, buttons, and silk flowers, but you definitely have a magic touch.

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