Hello. Hope you've had a happy weekend. I had the chance of finishing off the quilt top I showed you the other day. This one I'm calling Fairlie Quilt, as we believe 'Fairlie' is the name of our house. There are some differing views in the historical records, but I think we'll stick to this name.
My list of finished quilt tops is now a staggering five, but I'm happy to have them to this stage rather than in piles everywhere of cut-out pieces, which run the risk of getting mixed up. These fabrics were almost all chosen at the same time, especially to be made into a quilt, which is such a luxury, and lots of fun. My Dad had given me a voucher last year (thanks Dad!), and I had immediately started cutting it, working out the layout, and sewing together two of the seven strips, and then it had sat ... I get distracted easily, but now it's done!
Today I had a couple of little helpers hold the quilt so I could get a photo to share with you. So we have peeking over the top ...
and toes poking out the bottom!!
On Friday I was in Melbourne and took the opportunity of making a final visit to my absolute favourite fabric store, Patchwork on Central Park. It is going out of the business of selling fabric as it can no longer compete with online prices from the States. I am so very disappointed and sad that it will no longer exist as it has for all these years. It has been such a wonderful, wonderful place to get lost in gorgeous fabric and an endless supply of creative ideas, to chat to staff and customers about quilting or life, and to have someone work out exactly how much backing fabric is needed (something I still can't get my head around). And nothing beats running your fingers over a bolt of fabric as you're deciding on which one you would like. Or pulling out five or six different fabrics to see how well they go together.
So I made my final ever purchases from this store, the backing and binding for the Fairlie quilt. Light, bright, quirky and sweet. I love it.
Do you have a favourite fabric store?
Are you heartbroken when independent stores close their doors?