Previews for 2010: the boxes of summer 2009
I've been good. Despite my friends handing me fabric, I'd managed to decimate my fabric stash this year. Mind you, my stash wasn't that big, especially in comparison to what I've seen mentioned by a few quilt bloggers I read. Me, I'm cranky; if my stash starts building up, it means I'm not using what I'm purchasing, and that doesn't seem like a good use of money.
However, i can give you a taste of what's to come in 2010. You can blame Jacob and Alice. Well, and me.
Jacob, for one, doesn't know how to do things by halves. In the summer of 2009, I mentioned to him that fat quarters made excellent and cheap gifts for quilters. He was seeking gift ideas, and I thought, What could be the harm in telling him this? I expected a padded envelope with a few fat quarters tucked in. Instead, over the course of the summer, I received these.
After I opened the first big box, I was speechless. I called a few minutes later and said, "Do you know what you've done?" He chuckled and said, "I sent you fabric." I replied, "No, you've sent me enough for an entire quilt." I promised myself that I wouldn't touch any of the fabric until I'd completed my current roster of quilts, and that when I'd cleared the backlog, I'd give thought to something unprecedented: making a quilt for myself.
By my birthday, in October, I'd received all of this fabric, plus some more kid-friendly fabric that's made its way into quilts. By fall, my stash of Hawaii fabric had been worked down, but was starting to rebuild itself in a hydra-like fashion.
Part two is next: the New Year's fabric.