Thursday, August 16, 2012
I did not realize way back when I made Bohemian (my first fabric collection in 2006) how much it would bother me to now not have saved a piece of everything. I think of it as a crazy line. I can't even tell what it looks like anymore. The experience of making the first was unique. I just went for it before I had real ideas about what I thought it should be. Looking at it now, I do know that I really like that attitude about it. Perhaps it's just naivete.
Not sure how I came to have so little. I have even sent many in recent years on a path to help them find some, but as I frequently advise, I am not any better at finding it than anyone is unless I have a bolt sitting right next to me. Which I don't. I always appreciate anyone wanting or loving my fabrics, whether I'm able to help or not. I can't tell you how many emails I've answered on finding Bohemian. Or whether I am going to reprint Bohemian (two of the prints already reappeared in Good Folks).
I met this lovely girl named Jenny, who herself has an illustrative story of how she came to possess every piece of the collection in order to make a dazzling quilt. After seeing her quilt I met her at market, and told her that she certainly has more Bohemian than I do, which surprised her. But what really surprised me was the box that I received from her this week containing a piece of everything. I simply could not believe her kindness-but of course I could. She wrote that she just felt it was what needed to happen after receiving so much help gathering all the pieces. I promptly packed up a package of Field Study to send the dear girl, then piled some Bohemian atop the cuts I've collected for months to begin the boys' quilts, all the while, loving the generosity that this world of making possesses. Loving it. And the applique feathers I'm working away at are that much more enjoyable, with pieces of kindness sewn in. Thank you, Jenny.
Now. Giving. Let's keep it going! I've added a stack of 6 fat quarters to every prize that is to be won in the Auction for Action Kivu. Alissa is my sweet friend who I so adore, as I do the work that her equally gorgeous twin sister is doing for women in Eastern Congo. Teaching them to sew so that they can support their families, increasing the chances that they lead safe a productive lives. Thank you for considering giving! I personally threw my dollars at a chance to win some of Denyse's new line, which would be as lovely for my girls' quilts (planning stage) as some of her other prints above are for the boys.