Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Charmed, I'm SURE

It was a couple of years ago, on the way to a retreat weekend at White Oak, that we stopped at the Old Country Store in Intercourse --http://www.theoldcountrystore.com/ -- and first saw the Moda charm packs. They were awfully cute. People were grabbing them up like crazy. They were irresistible. I wasn't about to be left out.
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Stephanie was expecting a baby girl that summer, and one of these little charm packs made a very cute gift for Amelia. It was finished the very next day.
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After that, delighted by how quickly this baby quilt had gone together and how adorable it had been, I grabbed up more charm packs. Too many more. And into the fabric cupboard they went.
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At a subsequent White Oak retreat, I started laying some out with a tiny lattice and cornerstone plan, and after three rows lost interest. Packed it away. Dug it out this past weekend and started up again, but really totally without enthusiasm. The charm pack project was turning into a WWIT? (What Was I Thinking?) situation. As recently as yesterday morning I was whining to Honna about how I really was not at all excited about what was up on my design wall. There were four finished rows at this point, and many more to go.
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And then. And then. Last night I was at a meeting at church and the new Prayer Shawl Ministry came up for discussion. The knitters and crocheters (of which I am neither) are going gang-busters on this project. In fact, two of the people at the meeting were knitting shawls and another came in carrying supplies for more.
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I know there are quilters who also knit. Trawling the blogs reveals beaucoups. But I'm not one of them, and that is how it is going to stay. For one thing, my fingers will not cooperate (and please do not argue with me on this). For another, I have enough vices for now, thank you.
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Then the prayer shawl coordinator, Susan, mentioned that she knew that some people made prayer shawls out of fabric, "kind of like a quilt," she said. The light bulb went off! This, then, is what those charm square packs are for! I came home and looked at my design wall with fresh eyes Do stay tuned for photos of the finished projects.

5 comments:

Anne said...

What a wonderful idea! I'm one of those people who love charm packs - in fact the hour glass quilt I'm working on at the present time, is a bunch of charm packs slashed to pieces :o)

Pam said...

That would be a good idea for the charm packs. I am just starting to collect a few now - I am always a bit behind the times -LOL

paula, the quilter said...

I can't wait to see the picks! What a great idea. I am one of those knitters and I've been 'collecting' blue & white yarns for a ruana. I found a tip on someone's blog to make a ruana out of fabric first to get the dimensions right and it was like a lightbulb moment. I'm going to do one out of fleece one before I knit that way there won't be any sewing involved. *grin*

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

I havae resisted the allure of charm packs so far. I think about it, then decide that if I were to buy just one, I wouldn't be able to stop. Thanks for the warning!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I'm intriuged by the idea of a quilty prayer shawl and waiting with bated breath for the reveal!