I love all the new fresh designers. The massive prints in all the "out there" color combinations make me happy. I love how they don't match, but yet they look like they belong together. Don't get me wrong, I own and love to look at beautiful, traditional quilts. Nothing is quite like looking at a masterpiece with tiny pieces, or maybe perfect applique. Many of you have seen my Grandmother's Flower Garden I keep in the store, that sweet little quilt is truly a work of art. Some dummy sold that priceless possession for 50.00 on ebay! Luckily, I knew what it was and what it was worth. She has found a good home at Gracie's where she is appreciated for her beauty and near perfection.
I used to make very traditional quilts and I probably will again someday. Trends change and so do my interests, but I always seem to go back to basics. For some of my customers, it is hard for them to know what to do with all these "loud, huge prints", they are frustrated and feel a little left out. My response to these ladies is "go with it, try it, you may just love it". The same goes for all you new quilters who can't imagine life without Amy Butler, try to appreciate the traditional quilts and designers that have shaped this industry. I think everyone should learn how to piece a traditional quilt, it is very rewarding and the skills are important. Go with it, try it, you may just love it!
I think it is wonderful that we have so many choices. Right after I opened Gracie's an elderly lady came in with her daughter and was amazed that we had so many bolts of fabric to choose from. She then told me about growing up in the Depression and later WWII when her mother would go to Penney's and was allowed to only buy one dress length, from one of two bolts of cloth. Fabric was that scarce! Well, we certainly have come a long way, last count Gracie Lou's was the home to over three thousand bolts of fabric! "Today", I am filling my shop with bright, "make you smile" fabrics, maybe it has something to do with the world right now, or maybe I just really like bright colors. "Tomorrow" will different, maybe better, maybe worse, but definitely different. It wasn't long ago when I adored muddy, dark reproduction prints. My first quilt was from one of Lynette Jensen's Thimbleberries books, I literally made every quilt in the book, I created from cover to cover. From then on, I was totally hooked, hopelessly and completely addicted. Now I am busy with all the fun bags, children's clothing patterns and cute stuffed elephants. The point is, we have a choice, and things change, isn't that fantastic?! I know that I am not the shop for everyone, but that's okay. Maybe someday, I will have exactly what those girls are looking for. I love Gracie Lou's, her cramped little space makes me smile and I hope that when you visit you smile too :o)
So, now that you've all allowed me to ramble here's the question for all of you..............
What "genre" of fabric do you enjoy most or who is your favorite designer?
Winners this week will receive two quilt patterns, one traditional and one not so traditional.
OoOo Shastatita and Lolalita (who happens to be feeling much better :D)