Friday, March 12, 2010

A Fabric Sale!

Well, it seems that I have another project to work on!

I went into my favourite little cross-stitch store last week because my best friend was visiting and I wanted to take her in and show her the amazing work Sue (the shop owner) has up on the walls. Now, Erin (my best friend) doesn't share the same love of needlecrafts that I do, but even she was amazed by the stuff in there. So while Erin was looking around, I went to chat with Sue about my current project, and her's. Before I left she gave me a flyer about her annual St. Patrick's Day sale, and she gave me one to give to Rose as well.

So...I gave Rose her's, and she freaked out and insisted that I choose a quilting project to buy fabric for because the prices were SO good, and the sale only happens once a year, after all!

I thought about it for a few days, and decided that Rose was right. And then, thinking about what to buy my little cousin Caroline for her highschool graduation, had a brilliant (crazy?) idea that I would make her a quilt rather than buy her something.

So back to Rose's I went, and spent an afternoon scouring her quilting magazines and books, eventually found a pattern that a) I could do mostly by myself, b) was beautiful, and c) could get done by the end of June.

The fabric sale is today. And conveniently, this is my day off! So I got up early to be there right when the shop opened, and was surprised to see that there were 15 other people with the same plan. So we crammed ourselves into the tiny shop and I started to gather fabrics that I liked.

Before long, about 6 other ladies had gathered around, asking questions. After their initial "you're awfully young to be quilting," and "you should join the quilters quild," and "have you heard of Victoria Quilts?" they started helping me choose fabrics.

Another 15 minutes and I had stepped back because they were all fighting with eachother, insisting that this fabric or that was better than another, which happened to be lady #1's favourite so there's no way we could throw that one out! But lady #4 didn't like it at all, she wanted a different fabric. But lady #2 liked the first fabric better. Hahahaha...I had to get out of their way..2 of them almost ripped my pattern becasue they kept grabbing it frome eachother.

I've gotta say, it was pretty entertaining, and also very helpful becuase I suck...and I mean suck at choosing fabrics. I can barely match my own clothing...I'm colour/pattern challenged, I think. so I most definately appreciated the help!

So these are the fabrics I chose! I think Caroline will love it (shhhhh its a surprise!), and I'm really excited to get started.


  1. LOL!!!! I had to pick myself up off the floor. The mental picture that I got from your description was priceless. You were able to make beautiful choices though. I know that Caroline will love her gift! I can't wait to follow your progress!

  2. What a fabulous quilting story. The fabrics look great.

  3. What a great story, and I think those colours are gorgeous and will stitch up into a fabulous quilt. Can't wait to see progress.

  4. Hahaha yeah, it was quite an experience :-)

    Thanks for your interest, I can't wait to get started!!

  5. These are really nice colour choices; those rabid ladies helped you out in the end, I think! :)

  6. OMG...I love these colors even though it was quite the adventure getting them! Can't wait to see the quilt.