Thursday, March 4, 2010

I’m in love with The Fat Quarter Shop

Raise your hand if you read this blog for my sewing updates.  Yeah.  That’s what I thought.  Oh, I know it says it in the little subheader up there, but it also says knitting and you haven’t seen so much as a single knit one, purl one, on this blog.

But I do sew.  Just not quickly.  Or very well.  But, hey remember when I posted that I was going to start quilting?  It was last October, and I showed you all my cute fabric squares that I had cut out.  I mentioned that I was going to use up my fabric stash, and not buy any fabric, except that I had just discovered The Fat Quarter Shop

Well…guess what??? They had a contest, and I left a shameless begging comment and I won!  Fabric!  Gorgeous, cute, make my heart skip a beat fabric!  It’s a jelly roll, which is just about the cutest thing I have ever seen.  The fabric is already cut into strips and comes all rolled up and tied with a bow.  From now on, I am tying everything with a bow, because it is so darn cute!!!  I already know what quilt I’m going to make with this.

“But Pam,” you’re thinking, “what about your current quilt?”  You probably think I’ve forgotten it, another fall by-the-wayside pledge of mine.  Oh, you naysayers, you.  I have finished piecing the top, and will be basting the batting and back to it and should be quilting it within the next couple of weeks!

 

And not only did I finish piecing it, but I sewed it on my husband’s mother’s old Montgomery Ward sewing machine.  How cool is that?  Unfortunately his mother died before I met him, so this sewing machine and all her old sewing stuff in the drawers is my connection to her.   Isn’t it lovely?

25 comments:

Kim said...

So nice that you have all your mother-in-law's sewing pieces. I'm sure she would be very happy to see you using them! That is some gorgeous fabric!

Spuds said...

You take the best pictures!!! My grandfather on my mom's side was a little Italian man who ran an upholstery business in San Diego. When I visited him in the summers I would help deliver the furniture to some of the most amazing houses. Anyway, he left me all of this "stuff". It's amazing the connection the old machines give me to him.

Joan's Good Life said...

That is really nice. I started my early sewing with my husbands grandmothers machine. I was very happy to have it too!
Good for you for completing your quilt top. Are you going to hand quilt it? And lucky you for winning the fabric jelly roll. Those look like such fun fabrics to work with!
Good luck!

zurin said...

youre so lucky to get those gifts. I just visited teh fat quarter shop site.its fantastic.^^

La Table De Nana said...

Good for you..what a cute roll you have:) What fun..When I sit in front of my machine for little craft projects..and get started and settled..I just love the moments..Have fun!

shabby girl said...

I'm drooling over your jelly roll!!!! Can't wait to see what you do with it. I often browse The Fat Quarter Shop, but have never bought anything there.
We need more pics of your quilt. :)

Kat said...

Yes, that is a nice connection. Montgomery Ward, now that is a place I have not heard about in forever!! I have my grandmother's first and only sewing machine, it is the peddle singer and still works. I feel very fortunate to have it. I have been wondering about your quilting project. It is looking good. Can't wait to see all of it. Are you going to put it on a frame to quilt or on the machine?

Antoinette said...

You're fast on this quilt top! That is a lovely connection to a woman you've never met, who's responsible for so much in your current life. :)

merrilymarylee said...

Reading it for your sewing posts? Nah, I'm waiting for you to finish knitting that scarf.

I love fat quarters! I can rarely get out of a craft or fabric store without a couple and I have no idea what I'll do with them. I'm envious of that jellyroll!

Congratulations on the quilt progress. I'm amazed at all you have going. Sometimes I have to take a nap just to read about it!

Mimi said...

That fabric roll is so cute I'm not sure that I would untie it. Great job on finishing your quilt top.
Mimi

Marjie said...

The jelly roll is so pretty, and your mother in law's machine is great! My dearly beloved gave me the beautiful wooden box that came with his grandmother's treadle machine when she bought it new in 1905 or so. And he made me smile when I got the treadle machine I bought a year or so ago running, oiled up right, and he finally exclaimed, "That's just what it's supposed to sound like!" He also bought me a machine while we were dating (for all of 7 weeks) because I was saving up for one. And, yes, I still have that one!

Wearinbeads said...

I don't have any of the family old machines, so I bought a portable Singer from early last century. It is in a bentwood wooden case. It gave me a lot of pleasure to think of the woman who bought it new and made plans to sew beautiful things.

Cathy said...

I have more quilting projects than I could complete in a lifetime, but I just love buying more fabric to add to my stash. It's an addiction...but so much fun.

Congrats for winning. I love the colors in the strips.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Pretty colors in that Fat Quarter packet... Glad you won it!!!! NOW--you'll have to finish your first quilt --so that you can make another one!!!!!!
Hugs,
Betsy

sherry said...

I don't sew or knit, but I do admire great photography. I love these photos. Well done, Pam.

Joy said...

Of course you won! Congrats. But won't it be hard to actually USE the roll and mess up all the cuteness of it? You'll just have to replace it with another one. Anxious to see the finished quilt!

corinnea said...

Congrats on the win!!!

I love jelly rolls because until you make something with them, you can set them on a shelf as decoration. So yummy, so cute.

Look forward to seeing your projects completed. No pressure though, do it at your own speed, I'll just hang out till your done.....

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Beautiful fabric! Congrats.
I can't wait to see what you make!

chellebelle said...

Oh! I love your lovely old machine.. My sewing machine was my mom's machine that she used all my life, until she upgraded when I was in my 20's. She gave me her's, and I spent $150.00 to have a new pedel, cords, and box placed around it.. My mom still laments that she did not do this, my old "New House" machine, that she bought in 1968.. a few months before I was born, still runs like a champ! bye the bye.. love the fabric!

Pam said...

What an awesome old sewing machine!

Joanne said...

That fabric is so pretty! And it is really sweet that you are connected with your MIL through her sewing pieces. Can't wait to see the finished product!

Mags said...

I was once in a love with the fat quarterback, but that's another subject entirely...lol

Congrats on your fabric win and it touched me deeply that you have your hubby's mother's sewing machine and feel connected to her by using it. That is so sweet.

a good yarn said...

Those of us who, breathless with anticipation, were awaiting your next quilting post, may now draw breath.

Thanks, I was turning a little blue there.

So you have discovered the Fat Quarter Shop and jelly rolls (there's a Freudian connection there sister).

Beware, my dear, first it's a jelly roll, then a couple of turnovers or a honey bun and pretty soon your spending all your pennies on layer cakes!

Hi, my name is Ann and I'm a member of Fabriholics Anonymous. It's been 2 weeks since I last bought some fabric.....

Michelle said...

I like getting Fat Quarters too but find that Fat Thirds gives just a little bit more fabric and the size seems to work out better for me. But Fat Thirds are hard to find any more.

Les said...

Yes, it is lovely that you have your MIL's sewing machine. And that you sew. In another life, I'd give it a whirl. Last time I used a sewing machine (my mother's Elna Supermatic), I was in junior high and after the bobbin jammed for the hundredth time, I threw in the towel. I've completed one cross-stitch sampler. And, I'll sew buttons back on. But that's the extent of my interaction with needles and thread.

But back to you... I LOVE that fabric!! I can't wait to see what your new quilt looks like. So cheery! Have fun. :)