24 May 2012
my creative space . . . 'Amy Butler fabric crush'
In preparation for some sewing over Winter with my new hands (finally feeling creative & inspired, 3 months after bilateral carpal tunnel decompression surgery) i went a bit nuts last week ordering fabric. I purchased the re-release range of Amy Butler's Gypsy Caravan fabrics - total flash back to what i was doing 10 years ago, at the beginning of my business, now i'm at the end.
I discovered a passion for patchwork when i was 23, pregnant with my first baby & desperate for a whimsical patchwork quilt for the nursery - i couldn't find anything, so taught myself how to quilt. Only in 1998 'patchwork' = spinster/ grandmother/ Amish - with dull fabrics to match. I plodded along, then the vintage/ retro reproduction fabric print explosion started in the USA, i would beg for them to accept my Australian credit card & send me fabrics, slowly building up my product range . . . then Amy Butler launched onto the scene with the most stunning colours, patterns, styles, ideas - a fresh modern twist on traditional patchwork & i've had a crush on her ever since!!
There is barely a fabric of hers in any colour way, i have not purchased over the last decade. I want to create a huge patchwork quilt for Spring, in a decade's worth of her fabrics!! That is some hard core collecting in my stash.
What i also love about her, along with her excellent attitude, is that she works full time with her husband. I'm about to spend the next 2 WHOLE months with my husband, i can't wait!! He's on leave, i'm a housewife, only thing on the to-do-list is . . . purchase a property in the country. I will not get sick of him for one moment, he's impossible to be annoyed with & this isn't just post-war-honeymoon giddiness talking!! I will squeal out all my dreams & plans, he will nod & work out the reality, we work well together.
What a day - husband home (from post-war-decompression) just in time for the high school cross country at Yarralumla (among the kangaroos) & huge parcels in the mail (gear my husband sent himself from Afghanistan, fabric & goodies) + the first anniversary issue of Mollie Makes Magazine.
It rained all afternoon, so we ducked into a cafe for a delicious lunch (quality time with the teen) then headed for primary school, all the while i flicked through my fabric & magazine. You see, when your husband is away for months & months, you literally NEVER sit in the passenger seat, so i take full advantage when i can.
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