I’m sorry to have been MIA for so long. Life has been, well, sorrowful and there is much updating to be done but…not today! Today is about Fairy Tales and the marvelous blog hop put together by the wonderful Joan of Moosestach Quilting!
I have loved fairy tales my whole life. I was raised on a steady diet of Disney, Grimm’s Fairy Tales and Anderson’s Fairy Tales. I remember checking a certain fairy tale book out of the library so often that my mom bought me my own copy. How I yearned for a fairy godmother to come and wave a wand over my life. (Who am I kidding, I’d still be up for a good wand-waving figure in a tutu!)
So, I decided to spin you a little quilter’s fairy tale to go with my project….ready?
Once upon a time, in a far away sewing room, a quilter looked at her stash in dismay. “Enough!” she exclaimed and began to pick up this piece and that. At first, the pieces were excited. “It’s our turn,” they thought, eager to begin their journey to Quiltdom. Instead, the quilter looked at them doubtfully. Then she picked up the two pieces of purple dragon and fairy tale fabric and put them in a plastic bag. Then she wrote on the bag.
The dragons, princes and princesses looked at one another in dismay. “I am pretty sure this isn’t how you get to Quiltdom,” one of the princesses said sadly. The rest shook their heads.
After some time in the darkness of a big paper bag, they found themselve dumped in the sunlight onto a fabric covered table. Very quickly, a woman with snow white hair picked them up and traded with some paper money. She smiled at the dragons and tiny royalty. “This would be really cute,” she said, “maybe a baby quilt.” The fabric creatures smiled. Perhaps they were really on their way to Quiltdom!
But time passed and the white-haired woman did nothing with them. She picked them up occasionally then put them back. Then, one day, they heard her talking to the cat. “I have that fairy tale fabric,” she said to the cat.
“It would be perfect for the blog hop.”
The dragons looked at one another hopefully. “Maybe,” sighed one of the princesses to her horse.
Then, it began! There was the snipping of scissors and the whirring of the sewing machine! A warm iron left them all feeling warm and loved and other fabrics began sidling up to them. “Where are you from?” asked a green swirl. “I was in a thrift store.”
“Quilters’ yard sale,” said one of the dragons. White fabric began to encircle them. “I was on sale…big discount!” She bragged. “I heard her call one of her friends and say I was 60% off!”
As the fabrics chattered and cheered, the quilter created simple blocks. “Falling charms,” they heard her murmur. Before long they were all out on the floor and she was moving them this way and that.
Soon they were back under the needle listening the excited hum of the sewing machine. Then they were all together and the white-haired woman was shaking out the new quilt top! “Yes!” sang the dragons and princes and princesses and the horses! “We’re a top!”
The sewing machine sighed….”Not so fast,” she said. “You don’t have borders yet.” When she saw their smiles fade she put on her best smile and said, “Don’t worry. You’ll be keeping someone warm and cozy before too long!” Everyone smiled and cheered. The sewing machine looked at the white-haired quilter. “Not another UFO, you hear me?”
The woman laughed. “Ok,” she said, “I promise to finish it.”
“Like I haven’t heard that before,” said the sewing machine. Together they laughed, looking at the newest in a long line of UFOs. “I plan to finish all of them,” said the quilter. As if that wasn’t the biggest fairy tale of them all!
Be sure to check out the rest of the enchanted bloggers on this hop! And may the fabric fairies grant your every wish!
Monday June 21
Tuesday June 22
Wednesday June 23
Thursday June 24
Friday June 25
And, speaking of enchanting, how’s this adorable picture of the grand-cat?