Friday, February 15, 2008
Quilting Up Flowers!
Yesterday one of my tasks was to replace my lost embroidery supplies. It just so happens that the needlework shop, the quilt shop, and the sewing machine shop are all next door to each other (how much better can it get than that!), so I enjoyed browsing through all three shops in the process of shopping for a new hoop, needles, and floss. Each shop was filled with beautiful patterns, textiles, and sample pieces. It was fun visiting with the shop owners and to learn of what they see as trends in sewing. From them I learned that quilting has been popular again for about twenty years, so quilters are looking for more dimensional projects to work their magic on, thus quilted tote bags and similar projects are very popular right now. And the forecast is that garment construction will experience a come-back in the year ahead. Unfortunately, in our community, the fabric stores that carry beautiful fabrics appropriate for garment construction have mostly all closed their doors while quilting shops have sprung up all over the place. Although they are most welcome and wonderful, they don't carry the luxurious, draping, and silky yardage that makes personal sewing projects turn out with exceptional quality, fit, and form. The good news is that I learned that a new and very large fabric store is coming to town soon! I'm excited --- it's one that has it's roots in Seattle and is well-known for a broad range of textiles. It will be nice to have a source of quality and assorted fabrics nearby again. While in the sewing machine shop I noticed this beautiful floral quilt on the wall. I immediately thought of the Wildflowers in Winter project that Elizabeth Joy is conducting and asked if I could take a picture. This quilt is exquisite! An Eleanor Burns design, the fabrics featured for each flower are specially coordinated for the type of flower. For example, the morning glory flower is made from yardage that has a print of tiny morning glories. The vibrant spring colors and the beautiful scalloped edge make this quilt stunning and oh so lovely!