|I went to the Springfield Antique Extravaganza yesterday and scored these beauties. twenty one of them! They're 15.5" wide and ready to be appliqued. They look like they date from the late 20s/early 30s and I've counted 42 different fabrics. I don't know if I got a good deal on them as I'm not someone who buys things like this often, but I don't really care - these will be made into a quilt for my family and maybe a few pillows for gifts or to sell on Etsy. So excited to get moving on this baby!|
Kelyy and I were discussing how to set these - thinking I need to go the traditional route. I had it in my brain that maybe I could pull off some Ausiie-inspired awesomness (a la Material Obsession 2 Jazz Hands by the famous Sarah Fielke) but I after talking it over with my Kelly (via text messages) I think a hint of modern with a heavy does of traditional is best.
I don't really own many Depression-era reproduction fabrics, so I'll have to visit The Fabric Shack (cue angel trumpets in the background) to fill in the pieces for a cohesive project. So looking forward to working on this.
I've made a decision to back away from the commercial side of quilting for awhile. Sewing and quilting for me is therapeutic, it quiets my brain. And when I add the business aspect to it, it sucks the joy out of it for me. I've prayed about this a lot and it's taken me a crap ton of obsessive "what should I do?" kind of questioning to get to this point. I've driven myself a little batty, honestly.
I want to keep teaching and writing patterns, but the intention of doing this as a business is gone. If I make some money...great...but I just want to sew and be creative and put out patterns as it strikes me. I thought I wanted to build a quilting empire with notions and patterns and a TV show and fabric and write more books. But I've realized I just want to buy fabric and sew and hang out with my quilt guild buddies.