When I started this blog I didn’t really have a dream.
I was just a girl living in the middle of nowhere with a family and old farmhouse at the end of a winding road.
I started a blog to meet all of you.
I like home decor. You like home decor.
I like DIY. You like DIY.
I like stories. You like stories.
Let’s be friends.
I never, ever, ever, ever, ever, EVER in a million years dreamed (and even if you had told me I wouldn’t have believed it) that I would be standing in the middle of thousands of people at quilt market promoting a fabric line.
And so it was that last week, that my red lipstick and I found ourselves standing in this booth in Houston at quilt market.
We decorated it to look like my home.
There was a daybed and a dining table and the cutest tufted chairs from Target and I shopped my house to decorate it.
Recognize that wreath?
And that wood bowl?
And those pumpkins? And those pillows from the back porch? And that tray?
And that table?
Here’s my perpetual calendar.
And I grabbed this metal pedestal from the kitchen.
And these windows came from a thrift store and we made curtains from the fabric to show that it could be used for home decor, too.
I was a little nervous.
Just a little.
I mean….just between us….I don’t quilt.
And this show is all about quilting and crafting and amazing people making amazing things.
And then there was me.
The girl who never really met a fat quarter before.
Would they like me?
Would they understand that I didn’t really speak quilting?
Would they smile and tell me to bless my heart?
When I told them about the blog and the ideas I had and all the home decor projects I was going to create with this fabric and how you could use it for quilting, but that you could make so many more things with it….
….would they understand?
Home decor projects like this pouf made from the fabric.
Or these place mats?
Or the pumpkins?
Would they get it?
The show started and the first customer entered into the booth.
I introduced myself and the blog and told them about the plans and hopes and dreams I had for the fabric line and I showed them the kit for the pouf and the place mats and explained that you could quilt with the fabric, too.
And they listened.
And I talked. Actually I talked kind of fast with my words spilling out one after another because I was worried if I stopped talking I would never get it all out and then they would stop listening.
And then I was finished.
There was silence.
Then they looked at the fabric and they looked at the pouf and they looked at the curtains and they looked at me shaking in my knee high boots with my red lipstick and one little blonde curl that was kind of quivering….
….and they smiled.
And right there in the middle of quilt show….
….they got it.
And then they ordered the fabric.
Order after order came in for the little fabric that could.
I wish you could have been there.
I wish you could have met them.
I wish you could have seen me dancing and singing and twirling and selling fabric and deciding I needed to learn how to quilt and make dozens more home decor projects and wear even more red lipstick.
It starts with three basic neutrals (khaki, taupe, indigo) and then we layer on a few colors to shake it all up.
Here’s the catalog so you can see the whole fabric line.
I know this was a lot.
It probably should have been two posts.
I couldn’t help it.
I just had to share it with all of you.
So many of you have been there from the very beginning, from the first giant chalkboard project, from the first blueberry pancake story. You have cheered and encouraged and lifted me up and allowed me to believe in myself and my blog and my journey….
….and to create the little fabric that could. 🙂
PS This is my grandmother’s quilt that I talked about before. She loved neutrals with pops of color, too.
PPS The fabric line will be arriving to a store near you, soon.
I’m going to add all the locations to the blog so you can find it.
Also, I’m going to be traveling around and hosting classes with the fabric. If you have a store near you that might be a fit, I’d love to hear about it.
Now go take on the day and I hope it’s as amazing as you are. 🙂