I have heard from people who know, that our new fabric collection is en route to my front door. Everyone here is getting ready for all the activity. There will be no rest once it is arrives.Gibby was sitting beside me last night while I stitched. He is even good company when he is sound asleep. Even when he is snoring.
He fits right in here at Casa Simpson as he snores, well, like a Simpson.
If you follow this blog, you know I went to Chicago last week. Did you know I went again? It was a last minute decision Friday night as I was still fabric deprived. I started out early Saturday morning and was at International Quilt Festival shortly after it opened. I did a quick pass through the vendors booths and said hello to some old and new friends and then viewed the show. It was really grand. Here are some photos below and go here for more.
The photos are of the antique quilts that were displayed. I always gravitate towards the old ones. I think they offer good lessons on our contemporary quilt making. This one reminds me that some of the best patterns are the simplest patterns. Nothing extraordinary here except for the fantastic choice of fabrics.We also sometimes believe that our quilts have to be perfect. We rip out seams and abandon projects because they just don't come together quite right. And then I see something like this.... It's a little wonky, but all the better for it.
Or when the quilt literally just doesn't measure up - just lop off a piece.When I struggle over border designs, I must remember that even the simplest element, repeated again and again, is stunning.When I believe that an imagined project is just too daunting and it would be best not to even start, I see something like this and know that all I have to do is just put in a few stitches every day, and sooner or later I can have something like this.And finally, when students ask me to help them pick out fabrics that "match" I will remember to say that the best quilts don't have fabrics that match - but fabrics that work together.Would you ever pick out these fabrics and think they would look fantastic in a quilt? Me neither. We both would be wrong.
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