To my DH's despair, I'm living 5 mins. from the only quilt shop in town. Dominique, the shop owner, knows me VERY well. Six years ago, she was only selling knitting wool, embroidery floss and notions, etc... When I organized my modest quilting bee (we were, and still are 10), she began to propose a few bolts of printed cotton fabrics. I insisted on the fact that she had to organize a sort of "quilter's day", showing some quilts, at least once a year. (Remember : quilting is not in the Belgian culture - even after years of practice, our best quilters make quilts for "parade", or as wall-hangings, but rarely to simply cuddle under, to USE them...
As time went by, from mouth to ear, quilters began to come from the whole region, wonderful magazines could be found in the local libraries...and Dominique asked her DH to build more shelves, so that she could install as many fabric bolts as possible . Guess who advised her to sell quilting books, as well ? And guess who is translating them into French, for the local super mamies ? - I even happened to translate some Jennifer Chiaverini's novels - for personal and internal use only - and to read them aloud (one chapter a week) during our quilting bees (this was my "technique" to make them come back !)
This, to say that I can't let one day go, without passing by our quilt shop... just to say hello, of course ! (I think I'm the fat-quarters queen !) - may I insist not to omit the word "quarters", please ?
Now, Dominique is organizing a special sales, tomorrow and some dramatic questions are rising :
Do I HAVE fabric ???............ Of course, but......
Do I NEED fabric ???............ Noooooooo, but......
Do I WANT fabric ???............ Yesssssssss, ABSOLUTELY !
Give me a good reason ........... Well...A stash is a stash : it has to keep growing !
TO BUY OR NOT TO BUY ?
THAT IS NOT THE QUESTION !
1. How quilting illuminates and embellishes my life
2. A nice Sunday lunch, at home, with all my children laughing around the table
3. A new ice cream perfume : violet..... hmmmmmmmmm !!!
4. My grandson asleep in "Nono's" arms
5. The summer wind