Saturday, February 26, 2011

TGIF - I've Got Mail

Look what came in the mail friday at then end of a long day and week!  This is the fabric I chose for a quilt I'm planning for my dad.
It's only taken me about a year to decide on the design and fabric, so I could hardly wait for it to arrive.

Got it home and out of the box but had to leave it there til I got back from the movie.  (Remember, it was TGIF so my friend Tabatha and I decided we deserved some fun and headed out to see UNKNOWN starring Liam Neeson. Good movie but we both agreed, not his best) 

Anyway back to the fabric and my dad's quilt.

You see he is a history buff, in particular he is quite knowledgable about World War II.  So when I decided to make a quilt for him I did some searching about the history of quilting online.  Most of what I found was related to the Civil War and I kind of started to give up on quilting something from the era I wanted. 

THEN I came across this book by Ellen Burns.

It is a 1940's sampler Victory quilt.  All the blocks in the book have a page with historical facts about WWII related to the block.  I couldn't pass it up, but was a bit disappointed to find out the color scheme from that era included brightly toned primary colors and prints that I thought would be too feminine for my dad.    BUT, I loved the block patterns and the stories behind them, and I really wanted to use this book.

SO, I decided to go ahead and use the more reproduction type civil war prints in the WWII sampler. And I was NOT disappointed when this great package finally arrived. I'm sure my dad will enjoy his quilt better in these and I know the blocks are going to look great with them.
As you can see, I chose the Northern Lights/Border Blast from Thimbleberries.

And they're going to be perfect!

So warm and cozy!

Can't wait to get started! 

 (As if I really have time for yet another project, but it does keep things interesting!)

Better get busy...

6 comments:

Stray Stitches said...

What a great selection of fabrics for your Dad's quilt. I'm sure he will love it!

Tabbieg said...

Now I am really excited cuz we have been looking for the cloth a long time for your Dad's quilt. I love the colors. He is so gonna love it.

Saskia said...

You shopped at my favorite online quilt store!!
Love the fabrics, and I bet your Dad is going to love the quilt.

Narelle said...

Those fabrics look lovely. Blocks from WWII sound very interesting, can't wait to see.

Faith S. said...

That is so exciting - you have been talking about this one for a long time now. I can't wait to see you get started!

-Char

Karen said...

It is going to be wonderful!!!!