*****Author's Note: I thought this post was eaten by Blogger on Friday the 13th (those of you who use Blogger may recall the frustration that day), so I went a different direction later when I stopped wringing my hands over losing my whole post and instead told you all about my fabric haul. As it turns out, it showed back up in my draft folder today so I'm publishing it now. Hallelujah.*****
As I haven't always been very fabric
snobby savvy, it's taken me a bit to get my bearings with "designer" fabrics. There seems to be a lot of hoopla around certain designers (seems like everyone is ga ga over Amy Butler whenever she does anything, for example), and as I've read and seen and felt fabric more . . . it's coming to me a bit more why.
This post isn't about Amy Butler at all actually. I like quite a lot of her stuff, but I'm not of the opinion that everything she touches turns to gold (though . . . a lot of the stuff she touches seems to). When it comes down to it, some people just have an eye for design and partner up with textile companies that just use better quality fabric to print their stuff on . . . in this I'm with Amy.
But what I really get now is the hype over Heather Ross. I think I figured out she existed around the time that Far Far Away I was coming out and I became enamored with this cute little frog print:
Or in the case of Heather Ross, it is being sold in itty bitty bits and pieces on Etsy and eBay for the equivalent of a million dollars a yard because it's EXTREMELY RARE and HTF (that's "hard to find" for those of you who still don't use abbreviations in your writing and reading).
So, ok. I had never actually seen any Heather Ross fabric in person before. I've got one good quilt store in town that I know of that carries the better-than-JoAnn fabric selection, but they don't have it all. By any means. But I kept seeing these adorable quilts and projects on Flickr (total time-suck website that I'm completely addicted to btw) being made using this Heather Ross fabric, and I started getting the fever. Honestly, I don't know what it is . . . the simplicity of the art work that is somehow so sweet? The whimsical subject matter she chooses to focus on? The fact that it's so elusive?
It's probably a bit of all of these.
And as I pondered how to spend some bit of birthday money (thanks to Mr. Skooks' grandparents . . . on both sides), I thought . . . what if I could find a bit of Heather Ross . . . what if I could get just a bit of it . . . for my very own?
So I searched around to see what I could find . . . and if I could ever lay my hands on some of that cute little frog fabric I had seen so long ago.
Thanks to the power of eBay, this little stack of sweetness came to my house today:
And yes . . . it was most definitely worth it. As I said . . . I *get* it now. Or rather . . . I *got* it. ;)