Hello, hello! If you missed Friday's introduction check here and you'll be up to speed :)
When I first thought about doing this project, I saw my quilts looking quite different from those in the book. My stash has a “shabby chic” flavour. I definitely gravitate towards soft, light fabrics. The more pink, the better.
But I do have a few stacks of brights and settled on this collection to make “Square One”, which is similar to the American Jane - "Snippets" used in the book.
I bought this happy fabric when it first came out in 2007. I’m a big Susan Branch fan (fabric, patterns & scrapbooking stickers/paper/stamps) and was excited when this line came out.
I bought almost every print and planned to make this & this – one for each of my girls. Well, I did make the red one - for the quilt shop where I work - but then I don’t know what happened. Guess I'd satisfied my red pinwheel craving. (Although thanks to Carrie's post last week, I think I feel a new craving coming on!)
Love these cute little quotes on the selvedges.
From top to bottom they read:
- It’s believing in roses that make them bloom.
- The strongest of all warriors are these two: Time & Patience.
- Creativity is really the structuring of magic.
- No day is so bad it can’t be fixed with a nap.
- Today, if you’re not confused, you’re just not thinking clearly.
And my personal favorite:
- "Stay” is such a charming word in a friend’s vocabulary.
I just added it to my sidebar. (Thank you Susan!)
In my defense, I have made a few things with this fabric. A couple of years ago my girls were taking an art class and needed something for their pastels & charcoals etc. So I made these little bags which have become their Nintendo DS storage/travel cases.
Every year, I make my girls a new backpack for school. When I first started (in 2005), I was in charge of fabric selection. But that control didn’t last long. Soon they wanted to choose and the conversations would go something like this:
Her: “Mommy, can I have this fabric?”
Me: “No, I just bought that.”
Her: “What are you going to make?”
Me: “I don’t know yet.”
Her: “How about this?”
Me: “No, I have plans for that fabric.”
Me: “No (can’t come up with a good reason and she doesn’t understand the concept of hoarding yet). How about this? This is really pretty, don’t you think?
Her: “No, I don’t like it.”
Then we’d go to the fabric store and buy something they liked. I think you're starting to understand why my stash is out of control ...
This year my 9 year old finally wanted this fabric for her backpack and I made a lunch bag with matching placemat too.
But that backpack & lunch kit didn’t make much of a dent. Let’s see what making a quilt will do ... :)