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Saturday stash: It’s Here!!

on February 2, 2013

So… I am generally not someone who is celebrity crazy. I don’t know most actors/actresses names, I don’t go to concerts and am not into bands, don’t hang posters or magazine cutouts… But there are a very few artists that I will go totally ape fangirl over.

Lizzy House tops that list.

I first became aware of her work when we were expecting kidlet. Once I knew he was a boy I knew how I wanted the nursery decorated. We (my husband, especially) are big geeks and gamers. I had a love of fantastical creatures as a youngin’ and have a large dragon/unicorn collection. I wanted a mythological/medieval/D&D type theme, but in a cute baby way. In a perfect world, I would have been able to get John Kovalic to come in and do murals… and I think for a time I had rather grandiose visions of doing some myself. That didn’t happen. But as I searched, I couldn’t find anything available for nurseries in this theme. Just listing after listing of sports, monkeys, cars, or tools. All of which I (still) refuse to force on my child.

I was going to have to make my own. This was a huge undertaking, and even as I did it, I am not sure I truly expected to complete it. Actually, I still am not really totally done with my vision. There are still bits and pieces I keep adding. I’ll do a separate blog post on the nursery sometime. The point is that I had to find fabric that matched what I was looking for. This wasn’t easy either. I eventually came across Castle Peeps, and knew that was it. I was still a casual sewer then and mainly using (gasp!) Joann sale fabrics. I wasn’t familiar with the name brand lines or how to track them down. I spent many many hours and dollars hunting the yardage to make the nursery. If I only knew then what I know now….

(There’s a lot more… I will do a post sometime)

However, this whole experience opened my eyes to a whole world of wonderful designers and fabrics. I started following Lizzy’s blog and fell in love with her other lines. I participated in her colorist quilt a long last year. (The top is still folded over a chair waiting…) She even tweeted one of my pictures. *hehe* And I started snatching up whatever of her fabrics I could whenever I could. Currently, even though I have a few designers I really like now, I have way more Lizzy House fabric than any other. And probably close to as much as all my other fabric combined. I would so love to go to one of her classes someday. Even just meet her. She seems like such a neat person to know. I am so amazed, in awe, and envious of what she has managed to accomplish already.

I have tried for years to get in on her fabric destash sales she does from time to time. I keep missing them. Then, a few weeks ago, she posted a huge mega offering of 130 fat eights. I thought and thought. I wanted it. But it was awful expensive, and no guarantee of design or colorway. I started obsessing. Finally, I justified it as – if I had bought all the other bundles I missed out on, I would have spent more. And I had some holiday money. And I wanted it.

And today it came.

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All neatly bundled in color order…. I so wanted to tear through and see what was in there, but I just did some thumbing instead. Too pretty to tear apart. My Lizzy House collection is lacking in Red Letter Day, which is one of my favorites, and Lizzy Dish. But I did see some ducks and forks in there. And OMG! There is a hand written note!!!

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I seriously wanted to cry. As someone who aspired, I can only imagine the time and energy and the feeling of giving a bit of yourself away to a stranger. Seven years. There is something almost sacred conveyed in these few sentences.

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I hope I am worthy. Here is my Lizzy House collection as it stands right now. (ETA I am definitely missing some… I know I at least have a couple hedgehogs that I don’t see here. I am sure if I dig through my reorg piles, I will find more.) And a peek at my reorganization project that is in (very messy) progress right now. What it doesn’t show are my patterns and sketchbooks and her book.  Lizzy gives me permission on her blog to “either make a scrappy trip along quilt in all LH seriousness, or you can stare it, forever.” Yeah, I think I will set it on my bookshelf and stare at it. At least for a long while, if not forever.

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And her card, which for the moment sits with my grandmother’s (the one that did sew) time life sewing books until I can display it more properly.

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2 responses to “Saturday stash: It’s Here!!

  1. Michele says:

    Oh so jealous here. That is a great looking stack. I wish that I could look closer at it and possibly get one for myself.

  2. Ashley says:

    I am loving this post and your excitement!!! How exciting and your nursery is so inspiring.

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