Sunday, July 31, 2011

I blame my mom

No, this is not one of those "Arg my mom is evil and ruining my life!" posts. No, it's more my mom is an awesome crafty person and has got me completely hooked on another one of her passions....quilting.

I always thought quilting was kind of cool because you got to make something that you could use everyday (like a quilt) or hang something pretty in your house (like the Bargello quilt she made for my Grandma that I have LOVED since the mid-90s.) I always thought it was cool that other people could do it. And then I started quilting too. I am by no means a good quilter. I'm a beginner. But I am still TOTALLY hooked on it.

That quilt show in June that we went to, I think that was my tipping point. I tried to be good and only buy fabric for what I was currently working on (the Africa quilt) or my next project (the penguin applique quilt.) I was careful with what I bought but I kept getting these awesome ideas for things I wanted to work on (most importantly a Christmas quilt!)

And then I went to camp the other week and the theme was Rethink Christmas. Basically, getting to the true meaning of Christmas when you don't have all the materialism going on. I had taken a sewing class as one of my craft classes and I kept thinking how awesome it would be if I just had a Christmas quilt that I could work on.

I looked through some of mom's old quilt books and I've been looking online for a Christmas pattern that I liked and I haven't found a lot that really struck me. I wanted either a quilt I could make or a cool tree skirt design that I could make. Then Friday I found this at Half Price Books:
It has quilt patterns, table runners, stockings, wall hangings and a tree skirt! Runs the gamut from secular to religious too :)

And then last night... It first started off with me becoming slightly obsessed with Kate Spain and Moda. I LOVE this fabric!
And then I noticed that Fab Shop Hop bunny.... I visited more freaking fabric/quilting/sewing websites last night than I ever have. I have so many ideas for things I want to do now and fabric I want to buy!

I called my mom today and told her about this. She laughed for a good solid minute at me. She is thrilled that her daughters are following in her footsteps. But finds it hilarious how much time I spent online looking at fabric last night. (No more 2am nights for me....) She happened to be on her way to the quilt store in Finleyville and promised to buy me 2 of the Flurry charm packs so I could make this disappearing 9 patch quilt!
The instructions are here from the Moda Bake Shop. And you can thank Rachel at p.s. I quilt for it's awesomeness. I can't wait to get home to get the fabric from mom and make it :)

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