Monthly Archives: October 2011

Down the Rabbit Hole…

One of these days, I would love to meet the genius behind charm packs.  Those adorable little squares just scream my name each and every time I walk into a quilt shop.

Currently, my Moda charm pack collection includes:

Kate Spain’s Terrain
French General’s Panier de Fleurs
Kate Spain’s Central Park
Keiki’s Oops-a-Daisy
Fig Tree’s Buttercup
Kate Spain’s Fandango
Deb Strain’s Cherish Nature
Fig Tree’s Whimsy

Even as I list them out, I can think of about a dozen more I want to add to my collection and am still amazed at just how long the list is already.  It’s definitely time for my first ever quilt and I think these charm squares will do just the trick!

I purchased the patternA Sunday Charmer from Sweet Jane on Etsy.  Super cute and super easy, it calls for just two charm packs and a yard of background fabric (plus backing and binding of course).  So, off I went to join the land of quilters (it’s a great one, don’t you think?) and down the rabbit hole I fell…

 

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The simple and loving heart of her childhood

Lastly, she pictured herself how this same little sister of hers would…be herself a grown woman; and how she would keep…the simple and loving heart of her childhood; and…gather about her other little children, and make their eyes bright and eager with many a strange tale, perhaps even with a dream of Wonderland of long ago; and how she would feel with all their simple sorrows, and find pleasure in all their simple joys, remembering her own child-life, and the happy summer days.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll, 1865

While quilting is a new adventure for me, I have always been drawn to quilts and to fabric.  Some of my earliest childhood memories involve a simple quilt, made from a fabric panel and backed with quite possibly the softest piece of flannel on earth.  It was given to me shortly after my birth in 1984 and I know not who made it, but I love it.

This was the blanket I took with me to kindergarten for nap time, this was the blanket I snuggled with on long road trips, the blanket that covered my legs while I watched Saturday morning cartoons, the blanket that dried many tears (whether crocodile or not), and it was the blanket that I still take out today when I wish to remember my own childhood.

It was also the “quilt” that started it all…my fanaticism for fabric.  Little did I know that I would end up making my own quilts someday, but I remember tracing the quilted outlines with my pudgy little finger as a girl.

Fast forward about 20 years (geez, am I really getting that old already?), and this was when I really began my devotion to fabric.  Having just graduated from college and faced with planning my wedding, an entire world of possibilities opened up to me.  With a simple addition of fabrics, one could transform the “look” of their wedding.   Just ask my bridesmaids…I think I had 4 or 5 different dressed picked out for them before I found the “one.”  Now, what I should tell you is, that the “one” ended up being a black strapless A-line dress with a silver sash…nothing to write home about.

BUT…after many trips to JoAnn’s I was fascinated by buying fabric.  Not to mention, I actually had a “grown-up” job that would pay for my habit.  And then, someone introduced me to the magical world of quilt shops.  Bolt after bolt of the most luscious fabrics in the brightest colors imaginable.  I was in heaven!  Now, if only I could quilt…

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“And what is the use of a book…without pictures or conversation?”

Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the riverbank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, ‘and what is the use of a book,’ thought Alice, ‘without pictures or conversation?”

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll, 1865

Now, first of all, let me get one thing straight.  I like books.  Like a lot.  As in, I have hundreds of books, which I consider to be an impressive collection for someone in their twenties.  In today’s world of e-readers and iPads, it’s easy to forget about the simple pleasure of reading a good book.  So, as I was reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, I began to draw a parallel from Alice’s adventures to my own adventures in learning the art of quilting.

There are times when pieces are a too small or too large, times when you become as mad as a hatter, or you’re running late for a very important date (thanks to the distraction quilting can provide).  Like Alice, my adventures in fabricland have had their ups and downs.

So,  just as you would snuggle up with a good book on a lazy Sunday afternoon, I encourage you to read on and learn about my own adventures in fabricland…I know I sure will! Certainly, there’s to be a lot of pictures and a lot of conversation along the way too!

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