As if I don’t already spend enough time on Pinterest, I’ve discovered a new browsing destination today. Must share. It’s a barter website called Listia. Here’s how it works – true story. My daughter’s bestie had a bottle of expensive perfume she had received as a gift but had never used or opened. She listed it on Listia (bidding starts at between 1 and 100) and her auction was successful – meaning she got lots of points, more than expected. She then bid and won a set of used cloth diapers paid for by those auction credits. She plans to refurbish them and give to a friend who wants to cloth diaper but simply cannot afford the start-up costs. She described the experience as a total score.
Just like cloth diapering, getting started in quilting can be expensive. I’m getting on my soapbox here, but if you want to quilt, don’t let a lack of money keep you timidly on the sidelines. I do not own a fancy machine. It’s a mechanical Bernina I bought from a local fabric shop who refurbished them. I paid $200. A new mechanical Bernina costs $800+. I love this machine and it works just fine for my purposes. If you decide to take up “slow” sewing (piecing and quilting by hand) you don’t even need a machine.
All that said, you still need some things – fabric, needles, thread, cutting mat, cutters, scissors, rulers, the list goes on. I had a thought (it happens). Listia might help wanna be quilters get started in this craft with a minimal outlay of cash. Veteran quilters who are thrifty-minded or going through hard economic times might benefit too.
So yes, I joined Listia today. I searched on the word “quilt” and it brought back 119 results. My favorite find tonight is this Mug Rug Set by SarahsQuiltsnCrafts, shown. Her auction ends tomorrow.
If you get a hankering to join follow this link to sign up.
Ed. note 1: In the interest of full disclosure, the Listia link I provided above is my referral link, so feel free not to use it, but if you do, win/win. Wink.
Ed. note 2: SarahsQuiltsnCrafts did not ask for a mention or compensate this post in any way.
Image credit: SarahsQuiltsnCrafts at Listia
By Scarlett Burroughs