Sometimes when it comes to quilting, you just have to take a chance. Yesterday I had a frequent customer in the store whose work I always admire. She takes chances with techniques, is fast and accurate, and her projects are always interesting. She's constantly striving to learn something new or try a technique that requires a bit more thought. In my book, she has it together.
Imagine my surprise when she asked me for help in picking out some colors for a string quilt she was working on. Turns out she relies on the fabrics that look similar to each other because she feels safe doing that ... but she also recognized that she needed to expand her palette in order to pull off this project she was going to start.
This was quite fun ... pulling out fabrics that I knew would make her squirm but also knew were what she needed. By the time we were done, she had a nice selection that ranged from pukie green to bright yellow with a mix of odd designs in between. It was fun and I know they'll work perfectly with her stash.
It's helping customers like this that keeps me unlocking the door each day. In between mopping the floors and paying bills, I get to watch someone stretch their wings ... I get to help the young wife of a soldier leaving for deployment pick out fabric for the quilt she'll make while he's gone ... I get to celebrate weddings and graduations and birth days. Not too bad, huh?
And every once in awhile, I quilt outside my comfort zone too ... like this quilt from Pieces From My Heart that we made last week using Wee Play by American Jane. Those of you who've been in the store know this isn't a typical look for the Cottage ... but it sure is fun!