Thursday, September 23, 2010

Nicki's T-Shirt Quilt

I finished Nicki's quilt! I think I mentioned this before but I REALLY enjoyed making this t-shirt quilt. Much more than I thought I would!

This is my favorite block....

I really loved how this quilt turned out but I'm always nervous when I get paid to make a quilt. I worry that the recipient will hate it. I was especially concerned because I dropped the quilt off at Nicki's house and she wasn't there. So I couldn't see her reaction.

A few days after I dropped it off, I received the following note from Nicki: "NATALIE.... I love love love the quilt. Thank you so much. I hope you are doing well and I'm sorry I missed you this weekend but thanks for dropping it off!"


Tuesday, September 7, 2010


I was in Northern Indiana this weekend and had an urge to go fabric shopping. There are no quilt shops in the 30 mile radius of where I was visiting but I was determined! The next county over is Shipshewana - Amish country and home of Yoder's (a well known department/grocery/fabric store). I'm pretty sure they had every Moda fabric available - all for about $1-$2 off what you'd find in a quilt shop. And the largest Robert Kaufman selection I've every seen. I was in heaven! It was very hard to pick out just a few bolts to buy from but I managed.

Look at how big their fabric section is!

Their Kona solid collection.... Could I have five yards of each, please?

The Amish lifestyle is fascinating to me. The horse and buggy's were everywhere - I had a take a picture. (Minus the actual Amish because it's against their beliefs to be photographed.)

I felt like Laura Ingalls Wilder for a bit until I saw a family riding away from the grocery store with a case of Mountain Dew in their buggy. Regardless of their modern taste in beverages, they still make beautiful, classic quilts. Maybe I'll make one too someday.