Alaska is a little behind. We joke that we're about two years behind on current fashions, which really isn't saying much, since I don't think Carhartts and Xtra Tuffs were ever haute couture in the lower 48 to begin with. I've never seen models strutting their stuff in six-inch heeled rubber boots.
Some of us are a bit late on the current events and movie scene. That would be me. I don't watch much TV or movies, and if MSN doesn't deem it newsworthy, I may not always have my finger on the pulse of what's going on in the world either. I'm ok with that. I used to sit and read the news every morning with my bowl of peanut butter Cheerios and a salivating cat, but I had to stop. It was too depressing and I was afraid to walk out my front door.
We are definitely behind the times on the quilting scene. This modern quilt spree that's just starting to be the rage here right now...it's already post-modern for you quilters down south. And don't get me wrong, we have a great quilt shop in town, and in every port up the southeast Alaskan coast, but it's a plane or boat trip away. So what our particular shop chooses to showcase at the moment, is what we consider up and coming. Unless I pore over all the current quilt magazines, or steadily follow popular blogs, I could easily not have a clue what quilters are talking about right now. But in two years, I'll totally be right there with you.
This is Lollipops by Fig Tree Quilts. I found these pictures on the Fig Tree blog, where she has a little disclaimer saying you can use her photos for promoting and marketing her products in a shop or blog. Actually, I found them on Pinterest first, which linked me to her blog, where I then went searching for rules and regulations to using her images for praise and adoration. I think confessing undying love constitutes as promoting, right? I hope I'm not breaking any rules.
I love this pattern! And those sweet, mellow terra cotta oranges mixed with warm grays and blacks. So delicious! And get this...I went rooting around in my stash the other day and my Fig Tree collection had much to offer. I culled out these beauties and came up with my own assortment of prints for my own mini-dresdens.
All that was hiding in my stash. Free quilt! I was so exciting after putting this little pile of beauties together, that I wanted to see if my luck would hold out for a Christmas selection, too. Turns out I have a pretty lucky stash of fabrics. It pays to hoard Fig Tree prints for years, afraid to cut into them. I think I might need a few more lighter greens and some green on white prints for the Christmas pile, and I think if I keep digging, I might be able to unearth something that will fit perfectly. Free quilt #2!
Now that the excitement of fabric picking is done and over with, I'm going to put these pretty little piles aside until after the holidays. I have some projects I'm working on for Christmas that are first in line. I am just so excited to have found everything I needed right there in my own sewing room. That makes me feel like a million bucks. And it totally justifies my need for my stash.
So I can have moments like these.