I have a sewing mama. And my granny was a seamstress as well. Some of my earliest memories are of my mom sitting at the sewing machine. I was interested in the way they worked, and sometimes my mom would let me press the foot-feed with my hand to make it go. She made curtains and bedspreads and dresses when I was growing up. We would go visit the fabric stores and I loved going in between all the bolts of fabric. I still do.
When my granny passed away, I bought fat quarters of fabrics that reminded me of ones she had used in a quilt she made back in the 30's. I felt close to her at the fabric store. After she retired, she still sewed, even though she had been doing it for a job all her life. We would visit fabric stores and Granny would buy fabric for a dress for one of her grand-girls.
This is one of my favorite fabric stores. Yes, it is Marden's. They don't just sell fabric - they sell the craziest things because it's a salvage store. They buy stock from businesses that are going out of business. They often stock the BEST retired and discontinued quilting cottons. And it's only 10 minutes from my house. I can get into some serious fabric buying trouble at this place!
They have reproduction fabrics there
that are perfect for antique inspired creations.
This is a classic print that reminds me of 1850's dresses.
And don't these prints below make you think fall?
Sometimes I just like to go and look at all the colorful bolts. It gets me in a creative frame of mind. But watch out if I put one bolt in my cart. It's all over then. I have a hard time just buying ONE piece of fabric.