customers often ask how i select what comes into the store. usually it is just my love for the fabric. it was a bit different with nine dots, i ordered this collection sight unseen. i've never done this before. yet there was a reason.
a few months back there was a rather ugly debate going around the blogosphere. it started by a few bloggers questioning the current status of quilting and whether the introduction of pre-cuts and simple patterns had "dummied down" the industry. as i read the original posts and the comment threads, i could not help but feel the premise was basically stating that projects were now so easy any "mentally challenged person" could do them. and as a mother of a daughter with down syndrome, that hit a raw nerve.
so i left a comment on a blog. carrie nelson's to be exact. how she got pulled into this conversation i'm still not sure, as her patterns are definitely not simple in my book. here is what i wrote...I am so delayed in joining this conversation, missed the post you are referencing however, what exactly does "dumbing or dumming down" mean? As a shop owner who's mission is to employ young adults with developmental disabilities, I can't help but wonder if it is either directly or indirectly making light of this population of individuals. Whether we are novices or experts in the fiber arts world, why would we need to do this? Why the need to be so critical?
within the hour, i received an email back from carrie. it was kind, thoughtful and apologetic to think her words or the words of others could be taken this way. i was most impressed and appreciative of her time. we continued to email back and forth for a few days. unfortunately carrie was not able to make it to quilt market and i was unable to see her newest fabric collection. when i returned home i ordered it anyway, feeling a human connection to a beautiful soul. quite honestly i was just a little nervous to open the box. huge sigh of relief combined with extreme excitement!! nine dots truly did not disappoint. it is eye candy for sure.
hop over to carrie’s blog to read more about her interpretation of nine dots.
for all of you wondering if we have fat quarter bundles available...
...we're working on it. they should be ready by mid afternoon. that is if a certain someone doesn't decide to take another nap:)