Earlier this year I was able to toddle around the countryside quite a bit and explore new quilt shops. My quilt-pusher friend Ms. M — the one who introduced me to this
obsession hobby– told me about a lovely shop in Mentor, Ohio called Quilts and Sew Forth. In April, my sisters and I hosted a wedding shower for my nephew in Columbus, OH, so I planned an overnight trip from Western NY to include a stay in Mentor. What a lovely town it is!
I stayed in a Best Western hotel very close to the shop. The hotel was getting ready for a re-creation of a Lincoln/Douglas debate + dinner for later in the weekend. It sounded like fun. Mentor is historic because it was once the home of James A. Garfield, civil war general and 20th president of the United States. He campaigned from his front porch in Mentor and won the presidency. Sounds charming, doesn’t it?
Anyway, back to quilting.
I met Monique the owner of Quilts and Sew forth as soon as I walked in the door and she was just delightful. She spent a couple of hours helping me select fabric and developing a pattern for me using her EQ software. That right there was some serious customer service!
While I was wandering around her shop, I found a cute paper piecing pattern for “A Little Bit Shorter Tall Tree” by Cindi Edgerton. I was enchanted — and knowing my stash of green fabric and my obsession with Christmas decorations– I snatched it up. I’ve been itching to start on this beauty since April and the time has finally come.
Here’s my current WIP.
Besides the unique shape of the finished product (17″x41″), I was attracted to this pattern by the possibility of making decorations for it from old costume jewelry. But — now that it’s coming together, I’m wondering whether or not to go full-on Christmas with this. I’m kind of liking it as is. What if I leave off the Christmas stand, add a little more white space and then change the border from Christmas red/green to something more subtle (a gold metallic) and go for a more woodland look?
Perhaps I have enough Christmas decorations after all…..?