My friend Will collects gorgeous antique fabric and textiles, some of which she puts into her quilts and others into everyday use. She has a pair of pillowcases that I was ready to take a seam ripper to - put something else on the back of the pillowcase and you'd end up with a beautiful pillow (just don't turn it over!) AND wonderful fabric.
When I first saw Will's collection of antique German plaids I swooned. I love the differences in scale, pattern, color. Awesome.
Will said she'd give me a bit of the fabric if I knew what project I was going to use them for. Well I finally figured it out and hoped she'd give me some 4" squares. Instead she generously gave me a whole roll of these gorgeous beauties. I almost cried then and I'm about in tears now. Thank you, Will, I will do my best to make you proud.
Now I'm almost overwhelmed - I have more choices of what to make now. I have some red, white, and blue plaids (and combinations thereof) that may play well with these, plus I'll throw in some solids. Then I'll think on it. Any pattern would have to be really low key - the star of this quilt will be these fabrics. Actually, I suspect there are two or three quilts here. Woohoo!
Remember a few months ago when I showed you one of the my cherished wovens that I believed was Dutch. Several of ya'all suspected they were German instead. I believe it - I definitely have an affinity for this kind of fabric (be it Dutch or German. There is just not enough plaid fabric being made today. Although maybe plaid isn't necessarily the right word. Wovens...
This textile trove wasn't the only gift in store for me yesterday. The mail service kindly delivered my Netflix discs and last but not least, Hedgehog Jen sent me a sweet mini quilt. That's mine at 11 o'clock. What a completely unexpected, wonderful thing to do. Thank you.
Yesterday was wonderful for other reasons as well. I got to talk Will's ear off about quilts, see some of her work in progress, revisit a favorite quilt, and borrow several magazines and books. Woohoo!