Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Fabric Inspirations

Anybody else falling in love this summer? I found this fabric in an "End-of-the-bolt-get-rid-of-it" bin at Hobby Lobby. It was over four and a half yards of 54", and regularly priced at $24.97 yd. I paid $13 for the whole shot.
(pardon me while I wipe the drool off my chin) Now, the dilemma was...what could I do with this fabric? I could just throw it on the bed and roll around on it, (it has SUCH good "hand") or I could dress a couple granddaughters in it, or I could just let it stew in the sewing closet (which it has been doing for a while, now)

Oh, girls, just look at this fabric! How can you NOT do Something with it!! So, I decided to let the fabric be the boss, and just window pane it. I have some coral colored flannel for the backing, and I'm going to try my hand at hand quilting with the bigger stitches and thread just around the flowers. When I was pregnant, 34 years ago, a friend of mine made a Bambi quilt for me, and she quilted just around the animals. That quilt was a favorite in this house for a long time, and I would take a picture of it, but it is on one of the grandbabies beds at their home. But, it seems to me that the quilting brought out the animals in the print, so, whattya think? Is it hard? Do you think I can handle it? I can always try it and if it really looks crappy, I can hide it in the kid's room.
But that is going to have to wait, along with the scrappy benefit quilt, because we're going to New York for 5 (or maybe 6) days to visit family. Not the city, this time, but upper state, Watertown, where my Mr. Wonderful grew up. I am going to enjoy this trip sooooo much! I have the most wonderful SIL's and the brothers are great, too, I can't wait!! We are packing today, and I have packed some stitching, some crocheting, and I"m off to the Library. Can't go away without a few books!
Have a great weekend, ladies, and I hope all your fabrics give you some inspiration!
lyn

11 comments:

Norma said...

That fabric is lovely and I love what you did with it. The old saying "less is more" comes to mind. It would be a shame to cut it into tiny pieces and lose those flowers. YES, you can do it and it will be wonderful!

Have a fun trip. I used to have some AF friends when we were stationed in Germany (37 years ago.........egad!) who were from Watertown.

QuiltedSimple said...

That is such a beautiful top!!!! I would definitely hand quilt it if I were you - it's too precious to machine quilt it. Have fun in NY.
Kris

Amelia said...

Looks great...the colors seems so soothing.

Have lots of fun on the trip.

amelia

Danetta said...

I can not even begin to tell you how much I love that fabric. It has all of my favorites - yellow,orange and flowers in one beautiful place. Now I want to go rummage through the Hobby Lobby's in my town and see if I can find some of it for my very own.

Knot Garden said...

I love what you did with that fabric. The colours are very soft and calm looking. I think hand quilting around the flowers will look different and beautiful!

Sara said...

I do love that fabric and such a great deal! I think I would give it a shot to quilt around the flowers and I think it will look great! Have fun in NY, its always nice to get away for awhile!

Finn said...

You TOTALLY can do it Granny Lyn! I haven't a single doubt about that. A big stitch and around the area you want to pronounce...it's a great idea! Love, love, love the fabric!
Not to mention the great quilt you tossed together for the benefit...you are quite amazing! Hugs, Finn

Lorraine said...

that fabric is so beautiful! and you can totally handle a bit of hand quilting...and "aint no one gonna but that quilt in the corner" - or in a kid's bedroom....it will be spectacular and it will be a favourite! You go granny!! Hope you had a great trip away...I feel like I have been away as I haven't been on the computer much at home this week...have been sitting close to the heater downstairs and stitching while I watch all those well muscled and talented (and very hard working) athletes compete at the Olympics...

KCQuilter said...

Ooooh, your idea for the quilting on this bee-you-tee-full fabric sounds divine!!! Can't wait to see it all finished.

Esteemarlu said...

I love the way you used that fabric. It looks like it belongs in a sea side cottage. It's beautiful.

betts123 said...

This is my first time on your blog, Granny. But I love the way you write, and your enthusiasm for quilting! I am a granny, too, but not as all-fired a quilter as you. As someone else said - "you go girl!" You sound like you love life, and that's a great thing for us grannies.