Y’all, I’m super tired of talking about myself.
Therefore, I’m so very, very pleased to be able to brag on someone else for a change 🙂
I work with one of the loveliest of ladies. Not only is she my commiserating partner in crime, but she also is an enormous encouragement, in sewing and in life. Last year, she took a quilting class and straight away set to work making quilts for her family. And wouldn’t you know it–she “adopted” me!
A few weeks before Christmas, we made plans to visit one of Atlanta’s many quilting stores. To be honest, it was a harrowing experience. Quilting/fabric stores round these parts like to close at impossible hours. Normally I’m off work soon after 5:00 and the store closed at 6:00 giving us a very little bit of time to get through the traffic. Unfortunately, we had some late shoppers, so I didn’t leave until about 5:20.
Now, I’m a fairly timid person with a please-no-one-get-upset-with-me attitude, so when we arrived at the quilt shop right at 6:00, I was perfectly fine with trying again another day. But, they were still open and let us come in–which was very nice of them. This particular store has an enormous and adorable selection–not so great for when you need to make several decisions and fast.
So, I began to pick and choose and hem and haw and second guess all while feeling loads of pressure to just pick something. One of the shop ladies was helping us–well, she was trying. She kept pulling out fabrics that were not speaking to me. And she did not approve of the fabrics that I was picking. She was gracious enough to say that it really just depends on the individual. But she did roll her eyes–I saw her.
Let’s not forget, however, that we were there way after closing. Fabric disapproval or not, I should have sent them a thank you note!
But, you be the judge. . .
The quilting itself is very simple, which I think was a good choice due to the busyness of all the prints. She used some variegated thread in shades of blue and green (my fave!) to do the quilting.
The backing is muslin. With all the noise on the front, we both felt that something simple and quiet was the way to go on the back.
I think she did an excellent job pairing up the crazy fabrics I picked.
And I love the small border she chose–it really pulls out the chartreuse hidden in all the purples and blues and, if such a thing is possible, brightens up the whole quilt 🙂
I’m not really into quilting myself (I have so many other projects going on that adding a quilt would be madness!), but I can definitely see the appeal. You get to pick lots of fun fabrics you love and put them all together in a way that you never could in a garment–you know, unless you want to look like you’re sporting Joseph’s Technicolor Dreamcoat!
Me? That’s not how I roll.
But, I absolutely adore this quilt!
Just a word about S2444 (aren’t you so tired of hearing about this? If so, feel free to skip to the end.), one tiny little bit of experimentation left. Really, more like practice. It’s something I know how to do, but I need to get it right a couple of times before I try it on my lovely chambray. I hope that next week I’ll have some pretty things to show you!
And finally, have you mapped yourself yet? All the cool kids are doing it! You know you wanna!
So how are you all? I feel like everyone’s gotten super busy–I know I have! What are you working on these days?
Also, if I hear the McDonald’s “Fishy, Fishay” commercial one more time, I will probably strangle someone. . .