I contend that regardless of email or Facebook – people STILL enjoy getting cards in the mail. Be they birthday cards, thank you cards or just cards to say you care and are thinking about the other person.
Cards that I can never find when I am looking for them! Cards that I thought I had but have since been used up. Cards that I have to call my MIL for because I do not have anything appropriate in the house.
I am tired of being the one who simply writes an email instead of sending a card – tired of not having cards at my disposal – and tired of thinking that my loved ones feeling just a little letdown because I sent an email instead of a letter or a card.
So, I finally did something about it! I received some unexpected funds and used them to buy wholesale and low-cost cards of all sentiments, shapes and sizes.
Now I just have to sort them and set this basket up with some file tabs so I can find what I’m looking for when I need it! I refuse to allow it to be a dying art in our house.
Do YOU send snail mail cards?
As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. this day, most of us will reflect upon all of the things we have to be thankful for…then consume enough Thanksgiving food that we are bursting at the seams and need a nap. Some folks will enjoy football on the television. Some folks will be cleaning up the kitchen for a few hours. Some folks will be enjoying family and friends.
As a quilter, I will probably enjoy all of the above (except the football games, since we have no television reception) – but, I will also find a bit of time to escape the chaos and quilt! And I am definitely thankful for my quilting friends (real and virtual).
I posted a status update on my Facebook wall the other day, which read: “I BELIEVE…if you are a quilter, you are a hoarder. Fabric, patterns, gadgets, etc. We hoard them all!”
The responses to my status post were from both ends of the spectrum and all in between. Most of those who agreed with me, did it with glee. There weren’t many quilters who disagreed with me, but some took exception to my use of the word ‘hoarders’ – by coming up with different terms, such as CURAtors or enthusiastic collectors.
No matter what you choose to call your quilt, quilt pattern and quilt gadget stash, you have to admit that it sure is nice to be able to go to your sewing room or studio and find the exact fabric you need for a project, all because you liked it and purchased it and saved it for just the right masterpiece.
I shall now present you with Exhibit A – a photo of one of the shelves with baskets that hold part of my quilt hoarding fabric collection:
I’m not ashamed of the quilt fabric hoarding that I have amassed over 30+ years of quilting…but, the only people outside of my family that I let into my quilt room are other quilters – because they understand what a quilt room is supposed to look like!
The only problem I’m currently encountering is where to put more quilt STUFF! I have a small chest of drawers that we cleaning out of my son’s room and replaced with a larger chest of drawers (the smaller one has been his since he was born, so it has been way too small for his clothes for quite some time). This smaller chest will go out to my quilt studio once it’s complete – but, I may have to start filling the drawers up in it now (blush) because there’s barely room to walk in my sewing room!
I love these Tuesday flashbacks! Memories of the quilts as I designed and made them, as well as finishing them off and gifting them to someone (or keeping them myself) – it’s one of the best things about being a quilter!
MKs Acorns Dressed to the Nines was a mystery quilt I designed and made:
And the FREE quilt pattern is still available at BOMquilts.com!
Once again, I find such beauty in a bundle of fabrics. This time, it is with the Kona Solids Jelly Roll from Robert Kaufman. I would like to buy every single one of these rolls just to decorate a wall in my new studio when it’s finished. Alas, that is not going to happen (the buying part, not the studio part). But, just looking at the side of the jelly roll is art – fabric art, quilting art, colorful art, the art of my heart.
And it will probably break my heart when I finally unroll this fabric art – hopefully, I’ll be ready to make some more fabulous art out of re-purposing this luscious jelly roll into a beautiful quilt!
Do you find hidden art in YOUR fabric?