Sunday, January 18, 2015

The first line-jumper of the year

During Shug's & my busy holiday visit to the midlands, there was one day that my Mother-in-law & I took a little time & had an outing -- we had lunch, finished up some grocery shopping & she offered to take me to Fabric Recycles.  I NEVER turn down an opportunity to visit this store! I found some stars from their "started, not finished" table, a brown calico, a bit of cat fabric & 2 yardages of 60s-70s era fabrics. After returning home, my purchases moved into my sewing room & sat on top of things until I could get around to putting them away.

As I was working away at a couple of scrappy projects, the blue-lavender-olive fabric began speaking to me.

"Excuse me. Excuse me.
Don't my colors remind you of those in your stack of Liberty fat quarters?
Don't you think we might look very nice together?"

"Why, yes, blue-lavender-olive fabric, I think you might be right.
I'll get the Libertys out as soon as I finish a few things."

Get them out now!
I was cut from the bolt back in the Nixon administration &
have been sitting on a shelf ever since.
I want to BE something! I want to be something NOW!"

"OK, OK, settle down. Here they are.
Hey, you're right, you all look really good together.
Good, um, eye?, blue-lavender-olive fabric. Do you have any suggestions?
What do you want to "be"?"

"Well, I was meant for decorating, so something with me in big pieces
would best show off my natural, large-scale beauty."

"Hmmm, bossy & vain, but I think you're right.
Maybe some sort of strippy, geese-y, tree everlasting-y kind of thing?
Would that suit you?"

"I have no idea what you're talking about, but it sounds fun. Let's start now!
But, I wonder if all the florals might be a bit flower-y, all the blues a bit too blue?
Do you have any stripes or dots or plaids to mix in?
And what about just a touch of complementary colors -- just a touch.
I've waited so long, I want to be awesome!"

"Alright & right again, blue-lavender-olive fabric.
Don't get your hopes too high. But this does sounds like fun, let's see where it takes us."

"By the way, you really are beautiful, blue-lavender-olive fabric."

"Yes, I know."


Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

Love the fabric story and they are marvelous together.

O'Quilts said...

Yes yes yes...make my heart beat faster...lovely We all should listen to our fabric more.

Rachaeldaisy said...

Oohhh beautiful fabric!! Such a beauty is allowed to be bossy and vain. Thanks for sharing this fun story.

cauchy09 said...

You must take me to this store!!

Nifty Quilts said...

I was having fun reading this dialogue when I reached the photo of what you're doing with the fabrics. I literally gasped! (in a good way.) Wonderful! Gotta follow those bossy fabrics. The pointy geese make the perfect contrast to those curvy large flowers. Yea!

Tonya Ricucci said...

wheee, fun. glad you listened to the fabric. that huge scale floral in particular is fantastic.

noga quilts said...

Love this fabric dialogue! I too hear fabrics talk to me...
Love your work and admire you for managing to do so much, actually, envy you!

fiberchick said...

Well I wish my fabrics were so decisive- the end result is gorgeous!