Well, I finally did it! I went to Jo~Ann's yesterday to shop for fabric for a project I'm starting for my great niece, E. I saw a wonderful idea over at Chasing Cherrios for an 'I Spy Quilt'. I thought this would be a wonderful teaching tool for little E.
As I've mentioned in earlier posts, my mom sewed a lot for us. Shopping for fabric was a routine event I was raised doing. I loved it. But, for some odd reason I was anxious yesterday about shopping for fabric. I don't think I've bought any fabric in 15 or more years. I suppose I was just out of practice.
I got to the store around 12:15. The first thing I did was look at all the seasonal items & the $Dollar Deals$ in the racks at the front of the store. Next, I sat myself down at the pattern book table looking at patterns for crafts, babies, & toddlers. Neat stuff! My goodness, I couldn't believe how expensive patterns are! I didn't buy any patterns, but I will later. I found the cutest pattern for a baby layette that I want to make for little Ethan. Then I began looking at fabric for the quilt. So much to choose from. I was beginning to be overwhelmed. I met a sweet lady who had come to town from Kansas for a day of shopping with her quilting group. She showed me pictures of the two quilts she will start working on in January. Wow, very detailed, very beautiful. I thought, OK, surely I can make a simple quilt. I said goodbye to the nice lady & turned my attention to getting focused. I started making some selections of 'fat quarters' & fabric on bolts. I kept thinking to myself how much my mom would have loved this experience. I tend to over think shopping decisions, so I just went with my instincts. When I checked out I couldn't believe I had been there for 2 hours!
Now I must get busy making a pattern plan & see what happens. I'll just dive in & see what develops. When the project is complete I'll post pictures.
Two weeks from today is Thanksgiving. Today I'm thankful for a loving, talented, Christian Mom who taught me so many useful things about life, but most importantly about faith in God & how to live a life based on the values Christ taught us.