Omnigrid rulers (6"x12" and 6"x24"), and an Olfa rotary cutter, both of which are still in use.
|Marty, ca 2001|
|Rail Fence, ca. 1984|
Jenny is gone now, and so is that original Freckles, and I understand that the second owner, Janet, who moved the shop from downtown to the Northwest, has retired, so the shop has closed it's doors again -- likely for good. I will miss it, even though once I moved over 2 hours away, I rarely got in to see it.
Once I made the Rail Fence, I didn't make another until a good ten years later, when I began to quilt in earnest -- and Freckles was part of my early learning curve. A girlfriend convinced me to join her for the monthly "Saturday Block" program, and I spent the next three years making quilts with some sort of star blocks in 'em -- great tutelage for half-square triangles and precision piecing! I even went on a couple of the shop's annual retreats, and made a batik around-the-world quilt for my mother, which now lives on the back of my sofa and keeps me warm during my Sunday naps.
I don't have many of my early quilts -- they were made and given away. My favourite pattern is "Magic Tiles" -- I've made 6 or 7 of those over the years, and have fat quarters reserved for yet another one (pour moi this time), to which I'll turn my attention one of these days.
And so it goes.
This morning I tucked the Rail Fence back into the closet with the cardigan, the hand-knit dresses and other mementoes of baby days. If there are grand-children in my future, one of these days a Rail Fence II may appear on my trusty cutting mat.