|From "The World of Amish Quilts", by Rachel Pellman.|
Sometime along the way it fell by the wayside - the second-hand sewing machine my Mom had given me years earlier stopped working well, and knitting became a fierce enthusiasm for a long time (not that you'd know it from the single post I've made here about it, and that was an ugly project to boot, although I still maintain it wasn't my fault).
This all started again on the island two weeks ago, when my Mom took me to a meeting of the Island Quilter's Guild. I met the talented Jackie White, and she asked me if I was going to start quilting again. I replied evasively and told myself I should finish some knitting UFOs first (those are UnFinished Objects if you're not familiar with the term), but then my devious Mom sent me the link to Jackie's blog. I read some of it (okay, all of it, and in one day too) and noticed she noticed an Etsy store called The Intrepid Thread several times. I had to follow the link, of course, and check out the "sale" category because that's what I do, and we all know what happens next, right?
I always have a hard time deciding how many fabrics to buy, and how much, unless I sit down and design the quilt first. BUT, she had some bewitching packages of 1/2 yards all from the same collection, and the one at the right called to me. I loved all the purple with the pop of pink, which I wouldn't have thought to throw in, but looks absolutely perfect. I wanted to order an extra 1/2 yard of one of the fabrics to make sure I had a good border for it, and in emailing the merchant to find out about shipping for multiple items, she mentioned that she can fit up to 8 yards in a flat-rate envelope. WELL! Clearly anything less than 7.5 yards meant I was wasting shipping money. I put more of this collection - which is endearingly called 1001 Peeps, by the way - in my basket and was off to the races.
It's not here yet, but I uploaded shots of all the fabrics into MS Paint and I've been virtually quilting. I think I have a plan, but I don't want to post the image just yet... it's like writing a novel, you know... if you talk about it too much, then you use up the excitement and never get it actually written!