Playing with fabric

DH and I had errands to run in Baton Rouge today.  After a fine seafood lunch he was in a mellow mood, and agreed that I could spend some time in a quilt shop.  He had his current book along, and a shady parking place promised good reading time.

Inspired by a Laura Ashley blue/yellow colorway, I chose these 14 fabrics.  They will become this pieced jacket. The service in the store was fabulous, and I had a really good time finding the fabric combinations for the mood I had in mind.

After shopping there, I was musing with DH about the wonderful shopping experience I had enjoyed.  Another quilt shop had opened at about the same time as this one; the owner was cranky and snappish, and the shop closed over a year ago.  Ironically, the failed shop was only a couple of miles from my house.  It wasn’t worth traveling even two miles!  DH wondered why people like that buy quilt/yarn/whatever stores that are primarily people service ventures.  They obviously don’t like to deal with customers.

You do understand that no photo shoot happens in my studio without the assistance of the Meezers.  Casper was on duty today. If he had his way, I would have shown you three Casper pictures.  Sorry, boy, you’ve been cropped!


  1. Knitnana said,

    April 16, 2009 at 11:03 am

    OH WOW. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE those fabrics! The jacket will be lovely, but I’m just drooling over the fabrics. (and yes, Casper, you’re beautiful, too)

    NPR did an interesting piece this a.m. about a contractor who is surviving the economic downturn primarily because of his good customer service (gets his business only thru word-of-mouth and no advertising). The piece mentioned that it’s a good time to begin new business, ready to take off when things start to turn up again, but that the critical factor is good customer service!
    (a major component of the Nana Sadie Rose business plan, you can be sure)

  2. April 16, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    He’s gorgeous and he knows it.

  3. Birdsong said,

    April 16, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    What a wonderful reflection of the spring colors around you right now! That will be an elegant and creative jacket. One of my first quilts (a wall hanging) was based on similar provencal-inspired fabrics and they still have a special place in my heart.

  4. Debby said,

    April 17, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    What pretty colors! I remember the Charlotte pattern that Laura Ashley did in a blue and yellow bedroom linen set, which looks similar to the patterns you’ve chosen. But of course her fabrics didn’t come with such a cute cat!!!

  5. Marsha said,

    April 18, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    How pretty!! Both Casper and the materials. I can’t wait to see the results!!

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