One day I was helping my grandmother, and I looked in a dresser drawer. She had a beautiful handbag, two lacy slips, and a photo album, all brand-new and neatly wrapped in tissue paper. I said, “What are these? Are they yours?” And she said, “yes, but they are too good to use.”
I’m my grandma’s girl. I have fabric that I can’t bring myself to cut for the same reason. And there are lots and lots of quilters out there just like me!
My quilting friend Katie told me that if I make a quilt from my 1997 Hoffman Challenge fabric, then she will make a quilt from her most-cherished fabric, as well.
We would like to invite all of our online quilting friends to join us in a “Too Good to Cut” Challenge. The rules are very simple — mainly because there aren’t any!
We’ll start on January 1, 2010. Choose a beloved fabric that you have been saving for a long time. You select your own pattern and work on your quilt at your own pace. There’s no pressure and no deadlines. This will be just friends sewing together and comparing notes if they want to. If you have a blog, we can visit each other’s blogs, and if you don’t have a blog, it doesn’t matter. I will see about getting us a flickr or Photobucket site where we can share photos.
January 1 is a Friday, so we can post our progress on Fridays without interfering with other weekly blog reports that many of us participate in. And we just need to finish our quilts by the end of 2010. At the end of the year, we’ll figure out a way to judge our little quilt show, and I will give prizes, like gift certificates for online shopping that can be honoured in most countries.
If I have forgotten anything, please let me know! This is my first time to host a challenge.
You can email me at
rosewillow at rosewillow dot org dot uk