For years I've loved quilting shops - the way they display their fabrics, the gorgeous quilts on display and the colours! If only all fabric stores looked liked that, it might inspire more home sewists. But I never thought I'd actually make a quilt. I wasn't sure I had the patience it seemed to require to cut every piece just so, and to keep everything lined up and symmetrical. I know sewing, in general, requires patience and attention to detail, but this seemed one step too far for me.
Until...my brother and sister-in-law shared their happy news that they were expecting their first baby! I could have knitted something for them, but given that this baby has two expert knitters as grandmothers, it seemed pointless. Then, just by coincidence, I discovered this great post on the Miss Make blog. Finally a quilt that didn't have straight lines! I really liked the wonky pieces and the freedom to use any fabric I wanted. So began my search for just the right pieces of fabric that would have meaning for my brother and sister-in-law and would tell a little story. In the end, I got most of my fabric in the UK from Stone Fabrics and Tikki Patchwork, and a few pieces from Sing Mui Heng in Singapore. Given how much time I spent drooling over fabric online, it's a really good thing I didn't have time to visit Stone Fabrics and Tikki Patchwork in person this summer!