Remember the Little Golden Book series? Whenever I see one it brings me right back to sewing class with Winky Cherry. Why? I have no idea. I advanced quickly through the Winky Cherry system- I made stuffies, embroidered pillows, and was soon put to task quilting a fabric panel.
I was staying at my father’s house while working on the panel, and he was not the crafty type. I remember that everything was going well until I had a thread issue. Something happened with the thread and I was stuck. The class had finished and I was working on completing the project myself. I had no one to go to. Crap. I remember hiding the quilt in my closet and hoping that it would just go away.
I found solace in “Mister Dog: The Dog Who Belonged to Himself” by Margaret Wise Brown. I felt a lot like Crispin’s Crispian- on my own and belonging to myself.
I have never forgotten that early sewing failure and have always wanted to redeem myself. I found an amazing kit on ebay with sashing around storybook panels. While they are not Little Golden Book illustrations, they are very evocative of them and I feel that by completing this Storybook Quilt, it will help to eliminate the demon of the failed “quilt in the closet.”
I began the quilt tonight and am completely enchanted by the storybook fabric. Here is the initial layout with the first layer of borders:
My favorite panel is a rather trippy Mondrianesque picture with Scotty dogs. Check it out:
I can’t wait to finish this one!