I was able to get to Joann’s today to pick out fabric for the borders of the quick quilt I’m making out of one of my Christmas charm packs. I knew I wanted an apple green and dark blue border and brought with me a scrap of green fabric that I wished I had more of and could have used. I walked in the store, pulled my scrap out and said to my friend, “I’d like to find something similar in color and style to this.” And then we both noticed…an entire bolt of that exact fabric on top of the unit next to us. How crazy is that? It was clearly out of place, just left there, and it was exactly what I wanted. Could there have been a clearer sign from the sewing god that it was the perfect fabric? We pretty quickly found the perfect dark blue. Both fabrics are a really nice quality, very soft. When I got home I immediately cut the strips (4 1/2 ” wide) and sewed them on. I couldn’t be more pleased!
I was still slightly troubled by that white in the middle. However, I’ve had an inspiration. I’d planned on machine quilting this quilt, but given the style of it, I think it’s well suited to being tied instead. I could use green and/or blue floss to make the little knots.
As for the backing….I wasn’t planning on getting anything special, but there were a lot of lovely fabrics to choose from similar to this vintage appealing style. I got two yards of a lovely blue with red and cream dots. Doesn’t it look nice?
And finally, while I was enjoying sewing the strips on I was thinking about a name for the quilt. I thought how summery and cheerful it is, and how it also reminds me of the 1930s. A-ha! Thimble Summer. In case this doesn’t immediately ring a bell for you and evoke little girls named Opal, Garnet, Pearl and Ruby on hot summer days, then let me direct you to the 1939 Newbery Award winning book by Elizabeth Enright, Thimble Summer. A lovely classic.