Because I have been stalking Chaletgirl and the Creative Controllers blogs to keep up with the block party info, I found myself stalking the OhFransson site and getting inspired by the Mod Sampler Quilt along. At first, I thought that as a newbie I should just be an interested observer and bookmark the fabulous instructions and advice for a later time. And then I started to think about how I could probably find 12 fabrics to put together and it would be a good exercise to try – the choosing of the fabrics seems like a dark art to me. And then I thought that if I was going to choose the fabrics, I should probably give some of the blocks a go and they don’t look that hard. Long story short, I had sort of decided over the weekend that I would get involved. And then I found out that Spotlight was having a sale and I could shop in the evening (when the boy was asleep) and it all seemed too good to be true. I am not really keen on buying fabric at Spotlight as there is an issue about quality and value that constantly goes through my head (which I will blog about on another occassion) but I really don’t have the confidence to buy on line yet. I had two of the fabrics to start with (that I had bought to make a bag that I knew would never happen) and so I had a starting point.
I feel that I have so much to learn about the bringing together of the fabrics and I hope that this project will help me to make a few mistakes so I can learn – no really I do. I don’t want to get scared that I will make a mistake so I am frozen into not doing anything at all. I have made the choices above based on what I have read and an instinct that it will work. Now I want to test that by sticking with it and finding out at the end if I am right or not. I don’t expect to be 100% right particularly as I have bent a few rules but I am looking forward to finding the space that works for me.
I have to say that the hour or so that it took me to choose these fabrics was the most exciting I have spent in a shop for a while (not counting being with my boy, which is always exciting). It might have been that I haven’t been able to shop without the boy in a while (with the husband patient still not able to baby sit on his own). It might have been that I didn’t have any other time pressures and I had set myself a budget that I could easily achieve. It was just so much fun pulling the fabrics down and working out which could go with which. I had a ball and can’t wait to do it again with some of the other feature fabrics that are on my way for the block swap party and the fabrics that I have chosen that want to make other projects out of. But first things first – plenty to get on with.