I am still short one block for my Boxing Ring series, but I decided to move ahead to the next step. I had set aside today to visit a new quilt shop in my area, The Bolt, in the hopes that I could get some inspiration there.
You know you are in the right place when when you are greeted with a big smile and a warm welcome. That was my first experience when I went to the shop a few weeks ago. What I didn't know was that today was the official Grand Opening, complete with a ribbon cutting ceremony, raffle prizes, a special exhibit of the FreeSpirit Denyse Schmidt Modern Challenge Quilts Trunk Show and Denyse Schmidt herself, signing her book and enjoying the shop.
The warm and welcoming person behind all of this is Jane - here she is packing up my purchases - and may I say she has really great taste in fabrics?
Jane is also an authorized Juki retailer. So not only will I be visiting Jane more often for fabrics, I'm know that should I ever want/need to buy a Juki, I'll know exactly where to go . . .
So I did a little test run with my new purchases.
There is a really interesting 3-D effect going on here which makes me want to add another set of grey strips around the blocks, just enough to lift them off the background. I might set in a thin frame of contrasting color, a few inches apart from the block.
Aside from the pink fabric - Kona Punch - which I had, I bought the others at The Bolt. It is the only solid in the group, but it works. The others are very fine prints which I think these blocks need. That green may not be a tiny print, but it is beyond beautiful and I thinks it works very well.
I am so lucky to have a beautiful shop like The Bolt near by. Quilters have s-o-o-o many fabric choices these days and sometimes it can be really overwhelming. To have the luxury of taking my blocks to a friendly shop and spending some sweet time doing a mix and match is a very good thing. If you can, do!
Thank you Jane!