Where I live we don’t have a fabric store. We have to drive about 20 miles in any direction to get to one so when we find a really good one we treasure it. Needle and Thread was one of those stores. At my first quilt show this past spring I met the owner. Everyone else in my club already knew her and frequented her store. I made my first trip there just a few weeks ago and bought all the fabric for my surprise quilt. The store was so charming! It was housed in an old Victorian house from about 1903 and held thousands of bolts of fabric. There were also quilting supplies and books and patterns. It took me about 2 hours to choose all my fabrics (I needed about 20 different patterns). I wanted to stick with batiks for this project and they were all housed in one room and all sorted by color. They ladies were so helpful in helping me find fabrics that complemented each other and very patient when something wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. There was also another lady in there with her granddaughters choosing fabrics for a quilt for one of them. It was a very friendly and relaxed morning even though we were all busy.
I was planning another trip there soon to get some fabric for another gift quilt, but alas I received some bad news yesterday. The house, which housed the shop and was also the home of the owner and her mother, burned down. I am sad that I won’t get to shop there again, but more sad for my new acquaintance. She lost her home and her business in a few short hours. Thank goodness no one was injured. Our quilt club decided to send a card to help cheer her, but what kind of card do you get for a situation like that? Since I am on the planning committee, I agreed to get the card for everyone to sign at our next meeting. I wanted it to be something personal, not just a card off the shelf at the local drug store, so I decided to make it myself.
On a trip north yesterday I stopped at a scrapbooking store (we don’t have one of those either) and found a piece of paper that looked like a patchwork quilt. I bought one sheet and used it as my inspiration for the card. Here is a picture of the finished card:
I used the patchwork paper I found as the base of the card. It worked out great because the other side had the red check pattern on it. I added a couple other papers I had already, printed out a sentiment on cream colored card stock, and stitched them all together. There are several layers. Some of them are adhered with photo splits and some are sewn together. The “thinking of you” on the front was cut out on my cricut using the George and Basic Shapes cartridge. There is plenty of neutral space inside for all the members of our club to sign.
For the envelope, I upcycled an previously used one that was the right color and fit the card.
On the front, since it had my son’s name on it, I stuck on a piece of light blue journaling paper with photo splits. (A tape runner would have worked better, but I didn’t have one.) For added decoration, I cut a few small pieces of the leftover patchwork paper and put them around the journaling paper, being sure to leave room for the address, return address, and stamp. On the other side, I cut another small piece of paper as a decorative closure.
I am leaving the papers on the photo splits until we are ready to seal the envelope, then just peel and stick.
I think the card and knowing that we are keeping her in our thoughts and prayers will help cheer her up and help her get through.
Have you had a similar experience when you weren’t sure what sentiment would be appropriate? What did you finally decide on? I would love to hear about it in the comments.