It was love at first sight! I was so thrilled to come across this fabulous piece of vintage fabric on ebay that I scooped it up as soon as I laid eyes on it. I fell so hard for the charm of the pattern – the sweet images of children playing in the rain and the wind and the oh-so soft colors. Isn’t it beautiful?
Although I purchased the fabric with reckless abandon, I had no idea what I would use it for – but I knew I just had to have it. So, when my package arrived by mail, I carefully washed and dried the fabric and folded it lovingly, storing it until the day when I would need it. Every so often, I would reach up to the top shelf, bring down my huge tupperware container, and have a look at the fabric – touch it and dream about how I would use it some day.
Miracles never cease and some day has arrived! Our family was blessed with baby granddaughter Harlow and instantly I knew that I had been savings this extraordinary fabric for her. The muted tones of the vintage fabric went so well with baby Harlow’s room. First, some box cushions were made to equip the storage bench with seating in her little bedroom at grandma’s house.
After the box cushions were made, a huge piece of the fabric remained. Yippee! Maybe a crib quilt or a lap quilt? A project that would fashion a memory. Fussy cutting vignette by vignette, a plan began to emerge. I had just added some fabulous Riley Blake (www.rileyblakedesigns.com) fabrics to my stash, ordering them online from Fort Worth Fabric Studio (www.fortworthfabricstudio.com). In the grouping was a bright, super cute lime green and teal dot fabric that merged perfectly with the muted colors of the vintage fabric. To “frame” the picture, a cotton candy pink flannel came in handy. So, this is what I have so far.
I will keep on working, so please check back and see what the end result looks like!