Celebrating Thelma

/ Thursday 4 February 2010 /

Paprika quilt, originally uploaded by Shadrach Meshach & Abednego.
Here is my next new project. This quilt, designed by Colleen Reale, is featured in the current issue of the Fons & Porter quilting magazine. I found out about it from Thelma, who is the loveliest blogger. She is celebrating her 100th blog post today, and this is one reason I am celebrating her in today's post. Thelma bought a kit for this quilt at a show recently, and featured it on her blog. I was immediately smitten. I have never bought fabrics to exactly reproduce a quilt in my life, until now. I am agog with quilty lust over this old line: 19th Century Reds by Windham.  I don't consider myself a reproduction fanatic, and I really like modern quilts, but I'm learning that I really have a very eclectic taste.  In this case, "the heart wants what the heart wants", to quote Woody Allen.
Paprika quilt
Here's another shot of the quilt from the mag. Thelma and I will make it together - she's already washed and ironed her fabric, and I'm waiting impatiently for the postie to deliver mine. It will be fun to work alongside Thelma in making this - although she works so fast, I'm sure she'll leave me in the dust!
The other reason I'm celebrating Thelma is that I received the beautiful blue fabric that I won from her giveaway. I was gobsmacked by the gorgeousness of the fabric and Thelma's generosity - there must be close to 10 yards of blue, yellow and white fabric here! I know I'm not alone in enjoying Thelma's blog. She does beautiful work and her stories are always interesting and full of good information. If you don't know her, go and introduce yourself. Today would be a good day, as her 100th blog post giveaway defies description.

One more thing - have you ever met someone from the blogopolis out of the blue? Over the Christmas holiday, I bought a quilting mag at our local chain bookseller. My daughter also had a few things, and we took them to the cash, where the woman at the till rang out our items and then asked me, "Do you have a quilting blog?" I was so taken aback that all I could say was "duh"! Annette, who is a local crafter and blogger, recognized my daughter from this post, and made the connection. I was so startled to see a virtual person take flesh! It was lovely to meet her so serendipitously! I saw her again the other night when I bought this F&P mag - cheers, Annette!


Anonymous on: 4 February 2010 at 11:12 said...

I'm not normally a fan of reds or repros, but that quilt is just beautiful. I can see why you like it so well!

{ Barbara Sindlinger } on: 4 February 2010 at 11:44 said...

I love how it's a classic pattern but even with repro fabrics it has a modern flair. Really nice quilt.

{ Thelma } on: 4 February 2010 at 13:42 said...

Oh is my face red, it matches Paprika. Thanks so much for "celebrating" me! I hope you get your 19th Century Reds today!

{ Lee D } on: 4 February 2010 at 14:24 said...

beautiful pattern and fabrics. I haven't made a quilt from a kit yet either..something for the to do list. I did enter Thelma's giveaway, what a generous soul.

{ The Calico Cat } on: 4 February 2010 at 14:40 said...

I think a whole lot of us have ecletic tastes... (I have a stash of CW repros & shirtings...)

{ My Life In Stitch } on: 4 February 2010 at 17:36 said...

That quilt is gorgeous no wonder you are eagerly awaiting the postman. Just tell me how do you find time to make all your fantastic quilts not to mention photographs of them all and a really inspiring blog. By the time I have caught up with emails, blogs etc. I don't seem to find time to do any actual sewing. Must be doing something wrong unless you don't sleep!!

{ Rene' } on: 4 February 2010 at 23:21 said...

That is a beautiful quilt. How fun to have someone to quilt it with! So cool that you met a blogger out in the real world!

{ chasing lightning bugs } on: 4 February 2010 at 23:28 said...

first of all....what a gorgeous quilt. and secondly, thanks for mentioning our meeting. soooo, sweet of you. it was cool, wasn't it.

{ Lisa D. } on: 5 February 2010 at 15:37 said...

That will be a beautiful quilt! Have fun working on it with Thelma, though I must warn you, she never sleeps, so she is bound to finish her quilt before you do! Just so you know. I love her to pieces!

{ Jennifer } on: 5 February 2010 at 17:19 said...



{ wishes, true and kind } on: 5 February 2010 at 23:22 said...

That is a wonderful quilt! I can see why you fell for it! And what a generous and pretty stack of fabrics!

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