There are three things I really love about quilting: the serene, Zen-like experience of hand quilting, the thrill of seeing the finished quilt after weeks of work, and the excitement I feel when I get ideas for quilts. Admittedly I’ve experienced a lot more of the last of those three than of the first two.
I have a two more ideas that I am am definitely going to make. They will both be queen size quilts. I’ve never made one that large before and I’m feeling a little overwhelmed even before I start but I’m also looking forward to the thrill of seeing them finished. One will be for Number One Son. (Hi!) We’ve talked about it before but it’s just recently clicked in my mind how I’m going to make the fabric I want to use work with the pattern he wants. (You can’t change your mind now. It’s settled.) The other will be for me and my other half. I actually have several ideas for us but this morning I just thought of another one that I’m excited about. I’m not going to say anything more about that one now but there might be a hint below.
While looking around for fabrics for the latter of these two quilts I found the following online stores, which are also very exciting.
Cotton Novelty Fabrics also has a great variety of fabric organized by category. Many are available as fat quarters only. They also have quilt patterns and kits, trims and notions.
Rushin’ Tailor’s Quilt Alaska has many northern wildlife prints, sky, snow and water prints, native Alaskan and Russian themed prints and more, plus books, patterns, musk ox yarn and unusual gifts and notions.
Lyle’s Fabrics, Crafts and Gifts is another site with a huge variety of novelty fabrics (not just for quilting) and lots of notions, including some hard to find stuff.
I am extremely excited about these stores. It’s a good thing I have a lot of self discipline about this sort of thing. I could easily go overboard.