When I saw this quilt at my local quilt guild meeting years ago, I gawked and stared and marveled at how strongly the color and design spoke to me. I absolutely loved the Good Folks line of fabric. At the time, I didn’t know the supply of certain fabrics was limited. I didn’t realize fabric was something you could collect (ahem… hoard).
So I missed it. I never had any.
Until this showed up at my house.
I asked a friend if she had any Good Folks scraps she’d be wiling to part with. She’s collected fabrics for years, and her stash is epic. She’s a big Anna Maria Horner fan, so I thought she might have a few pieces leftover from projects.
I undid the bundle and almost fell over at how much gorgeousness could fit on my cutting table.
I had planned on taking her scraps and putting together a little improv wall hanging like the one I posted last week, but I could actually make a quilt with this! There are several pieces I don’t recognize that are from some of Anna Maria’s earlier lines, but I haven’t bothered to look them up yet. I just stare. And stare. And then touch them. And then stare some more.
Now I’m stumped. I have no idea what I’ll do, so I’ve stacked them all back up and tucked them away safely for the moment. I need to think before cutting.
Jacquie Gering added a message to the end of December’s Modern Quilt Guild members newsletter. I hope it’s okay to share one small part of it here.
“It seems the right time of year to reflect on why we quilt and what the art and craft of quilting gives back to us. Take a minute to remember, appreciate and delight in the gift of being a quilter.”
This gift. These fabrics. This friend. All my quilty friends. The community in the quilts I receive. The love I put into the quilts I’ve given. The beauty. The color. The warmth. The kindness. The inspiration. The chance to feel like an artist.
This is why I quilt.
I’m eagerly awaiting the February release of Anna Maria’s Folk Song line where she’ll re-release many of her fabrics from the Good Folks collection. I couldn’t find a preview on her website, but you can check out the collection at Hawthorne Threads and other online shops!