Now that the quilts for the twinkies are done, I'm ready to start my next project: The Bear's 8th grade graduation quilt.
After a lot of thought, I decided to go a similar route to his brother's graduation quilt, and make some extra large, chunky blocks. I didn't want the same pattern, but a similar one would work. I decided to make a giant Disappearing Nine Patch in the colors of the high school he will attend.
As much as I love shopping from my stash, I don't have enough manly-man fabrics to make a twin size quilt. I would have to go shopping. (Oh, darn!) Purely out of my devotion and love for all of you, dear readers, I chose to go to a shop I hadn't seen before, Thread Bear Fabrics just up the road a piece in Forsyth County, GA.
I've heard about this shop and its vast selection from excited members of my guild for months. I knew this would be the perfect opportunity to go, since I really did NEED a wide variety of fabrics to choose from. This is just a fraction of a glimpse around the store, and doesn't include the giant sale room/classroom next door!
I was thrilled when I walked in and found a friend from guild working that day. Cathy does beautiful custom longarm quilting in addition to working at the shop. She was a great help while I stacked up bolts of fabric to audition.
Despite the fact that so many fabrics have a floral or somehow feminine feel (no polka dots for this boy!), I was able to find enough great choices and never felt like I had to compromise. This would be an excellent shop to visit when you, like me, you had something specific in mind. Or nothing in mind!
Here's what I finally chose:
If you don't live close by, Thread Bear Fabrics has an online store through the website, and also maintains an eBay storefront.