First, before we talk about my happy place, let’s give credit where credit is due…Marian at Seams to be Sew puts a TON of work into organizing this row along and she is just the best to work with! And Northcott, well, let’s just say that they are the best, too! Every designer in the hop got to choose fabric to put in their row…which might have been the hardest part of the process because, oh my, there was some amazing stuff! And even more sponsors came on board to make this a fun and prize-filled event! I have the awesome opportunity for one reader to win an inspired LED sewing machine light! (I’m thinking I really need one of these! You will need to pay shipping if you win…but still, imagine having all that clear light under your needle!) You can enter here.
You can also enter to win an EQ8 here! If you’ve never played with quilting software, well, let’s just say it is almost as fun as sewing! I’m telling you, we have such awesome sponsors and I’m so grateful for their support of this hop!
Now, I must admit that I sometimes feel out of my depth with all the amazing designs that come out of this hop. I’m really a piecer and I cannot fuse to save my life! (I also can’t grow zuchini…go figure!) And I’m a novice designer so I tend to do things that a beginner can do.
As for my happy place, I was awash in too many ideas! I had a landscape in mind which was why I choose the fabrics I did. Think water and clouds. My ideas just wouldn’t jell and finally I came around to another idea of something that always makes me happy…the furbabies! Going clockwise, let me introduce you to Milo, Griffie, Gizmo, Zoe, Jack and Winnie (shhh…don’t tell Winnie you saw her…she’s an expert hidy-cat.)
So, what else makes me happy? Books, of course! Ever since I was little, books were where I went to find a happy place. I spent hours reading and re-reading my favorites and wishing I could slip away into Green Gables (surely Marilla and Anne would take me in?), solve mysteries with Freddie and Flossie (I was blonde, too, would they really notice?) or slip into the garret with Jo March where we would scribble away at the novels that would bring us fame and, more importantly, our names on the spines of books! My love of books never diminished and so I decided to blend the two in my row.
This is my row…books & cats! It’s simple with straight-forward piecing. However, it’s very versatile and I’ll look forward to showing you what I made with it next week. If you’d like to download the instructions, you can get them here.
I really hope you like my little row, it’s simple but quick and fun and great way to use up fun fabric bits. My fabric from Northcott is the background (9020-10 with the beautiful textured look) and Northcott’s Naturescape blue (the beautiful watery blue)and, co-incidentally, the grey cat is made from leftovers from last year’s Northcott fabrics that I used in my Silver Bells row.
The rowing crew for today are
Words & Stitches | True Blue Quilts | Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse
Meanderings Along Lizard Creek | Creativeblonde
And our full list of wonderful sponsors for today are
Michael Miller Fabrics
Please be sure to visit our sponsors and let them know you enjoyed the row hop! I’ll see you back here in a week with my show and tell quilt…it’s already basted and ready to quilt!