We have friends who live in South Dakota. They are a lovely couple, generous and full of life. They came to visit two summers ago and a friendship was sealed. Before they left, the wife (who will remain nameless) asked me to create something for her. She’d admired my quilts and bags and wanted something for herself BUT … the motif had to be that of buffalo. ( ahem, clears throat) I was pretty certain that a buffalo motif would not appear in the designs of those whom I collect. But wouldn’t you know? Hawthorne fabrics came out with their line ‘Roam‘ and it was exactly what I had hoped for. I ordered up a bunch and got cracking.
Meanwhile, bad news made its way to us – our (nameless) friend, who had survived double mastectomy, was again engaged in a battle. This time it was a spot on her lung and she is currently undergoing treatment. Our buffalo gal is very courageous. I am so glad that I was able to finish this piece today – and tomorrow it will be on its way to SD. Hopefully she does not read my blog – I’d like for this quilt to be a surprise.
I purchase approximately 90% of my fabric from Hawthorne Fabrics. They are nearby, their shipping is lightning-quick, they have what I am looking for, and their customer service is first rate. If I order on Friday morning, I have the goods on Saturday. They carry so many of the lines that I am looking for, as well as the aurifil thread that I use, and a really great selection of fabric for house ware and garment sewing. It pains me to say that I am not a fan of their in-house fabric.
The designs are very nice. There’s a saturation of pastel color ways which work in certain places, but overall, I like a more varied palette. The really big problem for me is the TEXTURE of the cotton. It has a rubbery hand, even after repeated washings. Trying to sew binding on is a lesson in torture – no matter how sharp the needle, my fingers were raw by the time that I finished this quilt. She did not say so, but I can see that my machine quilter had some issues as well – the fabric seems punctured on the backing. She was not able to achieve her predictable immaculate work, although I DID love her feathers very much and would not complain …
At the end of the day I was satisfied with this piece. I love that it is winging its way to my Buffalo Gal to keep her warm, to make her smile, to remind her that we love her and champion her and keep her close in our hearts and prayers. And really, what more could I ask for?