Thursday, February 10, 2011

Breathe In, Breathe Out...

While taking my break at work this morning, I sat and read my favorite blogs.  As I usually do.  One of them being Jaybird Quilts.  Julie is an amazing woman.  She has no clue who I am, but I am a faithful reader of her blog.  

Yeah, so I was reading her post about her pattern development process...and, let me tell you, I was very impressed.  Like her, I have received many patterns over the years that have left a lot to be desired.  It surprised me not at all that she has very high standards.  I got to the part where she mentioned her 'pattern testers' and instantly thought, "ohhhh, I wanna do that!".  Not actually for her (well, I would if asked, but I'm being realistic), but to do that for fun would that be?  

Okay, so my break was over.  Then, work was done.  Bye everyone!  Made a few stops on the way home and then decided to stop at my lqs to pick up a piece of fabric I need to finish a baby quilt.  Gloria (owner) and I chatted...and I looked at the new fabrics she's been getting in...Habitat, Sunkissed and Dilly Dally to name a few.  Gloria's daughter, Jennifer, was there and they had a discussion about a sample quilt Jennifer had made, and also about the 1/2 yard cuts she had taken of the Habitat fabrics to make a quilt with. 

When her daughter left, I said to Gloria, "Would you please adopt me (gloria is actually younger than I am) so I have access to lots of fabric?"  Gloria told me that Jennifer was going to make a sample quilt for the shop with the Habitat fabrics.  How fun is that!  Can't wait to see it!  

Then...and THEN she said, "would you like to make a sample quilt for the shop, Jacque?"  Ohmygosh, I about passed out!  Me!?  Make a sample quilt for a shop!?  Heck, yeah!  (I've taken several of my finished quilts in to show off her, so she knows my you're wondering.)

We talked about it a bit and Gloria sent me home with some patterns and pattern books to decide what quilt I wanted to make.  And, guess what fabric I get to use????  SUNKISSED!  YAY!!!  She doesn't have the entire collection, but certainly enough of them to be awesomely fun!!! 

I will have a say in what pattern I want to use.  But, as the owner of the shop, she has the final say.  So, I'll browse the patterns/books and choose a few that I really would like to work on and fly them by her.  

Ohmygosh.  Can you believe that?

So, if she's happy with my work, I'll have the opportunity to sew more sample quilts.  Not all right now, but over time.  You know.  How fun is play with awesome fabric!  With no guilt over the expense!

Breathe, Jacque.  Breathe.


And, just to make the day even better, my 'snow days' pattern arrived...ohmygosh!  It will be amazing!  More on this later.

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might. - Ecclesiastes 9:10


Courtney said...

Yeah Jacque!!
The ultimate! I'm thrilled that you scored this project. Don't you love serendipity like that...first you read about it...then it manifests to you! Can't wait for you to show us what you come up with!

kks said...

That's awesome!!!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Jacque ~
Way cool! Have fun choosing.
Hugs :)

Farm Girl said...

OH how wonderful for you. I think that would be wonderful for you. Good job.

Thistlebrooms said...

Good things ALWAYS come to those who wait (wishing has a bit to do with it too!!!)
I'm So happy for you Jacque, YOU totally deserve it...

Great Work

WoolenSails said...

I think that will be fun and a great experience into the pattern world.


Pokey said...

Oh, you lucky duck! Have fun with this! (That "Sunkissed" is so cool!)

moosecraft said...

Yay! Can't wait to see your sample quilt! I am certain they will be wanting more! The adoption idea sounds like goodie! lol!

Joanne said...

OOOOOh lalala so happy and bright that sunkissed look - you will be smiling as you are cutting and sewing - and how can she NOT want your work - it's wonderful!

Dog Trot Farm said...

How exciting is that! Congratulations, I have a feeling there will be many more sample quilts in your future!

Anonymous said...

So she will provide the fabric and you do the work and she shows it off at her shop. Okay, then do you get paid or does someone then want to buy something from you or how does that work? Or, is this all just for fun????

Brenis said...

Yay!!!!!!! How totally exciting Jack!!! :D And sunkissed to boot! I am totally loving the word fabrics... as you know! LOL Hope you have a ton of fun with this project!! wooohoooo!!!!