One of the first (and sadly, probably, last) times I ordered fabric online was for this little cuddling quilt. For years I ordered all kinds of things and never had to pay duty, leading me to wrongly believe that it only applied to certain items or that there was a price limit that I was never exceeding…then I got stung repeatedly on large items and small, craft-related and not, and now I’m order-shy.
At the time, this fabric was so exciting for me – unlike anything I’d ever seen or could get my hands on locally – it was the fabric I’d enviously watched other sewing bloggers use. This was a wedding quilt, so the extra cost wasn’t a huge issue and the fabric was a real joy to use. Just simple 5×5″ squares, machine-quilted with straight lines (which was simple to do, but did seem to accentuate my inability to piece a decent corner).
I have attended a record number of weddings in the last 5 years. I shudder to do the math, but it’s something like 25 of them. For some of them I make a quilt, but never a big, proper, capital-letter Wedding Quilt. Always a rather small quilt, meant for cuddling on the couch. Bigger than a lap quilt, sure, but if two were to fit under it, they’d have to be snuggled in pretty tight, and it would be there more for comfort than for major warmth. I think I’m going to start calling them Sweetheart Quilts.