Saturday, January 23, 2010

My Crazy Problem

This weekend I plan to sew the foundations to my Crazy Quilt project. They are 3 Crazy Quilted Christmas Stockings. I did one the year before last for Baby Aurora. This past Christmas, I showed you two that I did for my oldest two grandchildren, Jessica and Emily. So, from that, you probably know that these next 3 stockings will be for the triplets.

After consulting with my CQ teacher and mentor, Linda H, about color choices since there are 2 girls and a boy, yet I wanted these 3 stockings to be somewhat similar, I decided to make all 3 bases in whites, creams, ecru colors. I will lovingly embellish these bases with colors to suit each child.

In my stash of CQ fabrics, I had a bit of white and cream, bit I soon found out that I didn't have near enough. So my mission over the past few weeks was to get the fabrics.

I bought a few small pieces of fabric at Fabricville last month to augment my crazy quilt fabric collection. But it wasn't enough. I thought I was going to be smart, and I hit the thrift stores. I was unsuccessful. There wasn't anything there that would be suitable and it was a bit on the expensive side.

So I dropped into one of our local quilt shops, Country Crafts and Curtains. It's a very small quilt shop and I love all the bali batiks they have. But that day I was on a different mission. I spoke to Dianne, the shop owner, and told her of my crazy problem. She said she would look through her expired curtain fabric sample books to see if she could find me something. She said she'd call.

Well two days later, right after getting home from another trip to Fabricville in search of fancies, there was a message on my machine.


Dianne had found something for me.

I hit the road again, and I was just thrilled with the small book of fabric samples that she gave me to work with. I tee heee'd all the home and I couldn't wait to flip through to select my keepers. The different textures are wonderful. Have a look. I'm going to have so much fun with this variety. I'll show you the three completed CQ bases next week. The embellishing will start next month.

So the lesson here is, don't be afraid to ask your local quilt shop for help. They might surprise you.

Many thanks Dianne.

4 comments:

dp said...

What a great idea to get the curtain sampler... that is going to be such a fun project. The ecrus are beautiful! you can use those samples for lots of other little projects too... hummmm good idea

MissesStitches said...

I've gotten many beautiful sample fabrics from interior designers. Such wonderful fabrics, and some unusual ones.

KF said...

Isn't that a lovely gift from Dianne? I am thrilled for you Gail!
Kathy

dp said...

so, I read your blog again, and clicked on the links to the stockings, this time, and still am amazed at how sweet they are... The second two are even more refined and detailed than the first... I can't even imagine what the next three will be like.