Today, my Dad is celebrating a significant birthday (in fact, the same significant birthday as my Mum celebrated late last year). I wanted to take the opportunity to give my Dad a happy birthday shout out, and say thanks for being a great Dad!
Now, unlike Mum, Dad hasn't taught me too much about sewing (although his sewing knowledge does extend to sewing a button on a shirt, and you can bet that button will never come off again!). However, he has taught me a bunch of other things - like:
- being successful doesn't mean you have to be self-important;
- when you are trying to solve a problem, and think you have the answer, always do a reality check to make sure it makes sense;
- you can make white sauce without measuring any of the ingredients;
- it's only money;
- how to do complex sums in my head; and
- you have to let people do what they will do, even if you think you know better.
These are things I use just about every day.
So, you might be wondering what this fabric has to do with my Dad. Well, a couple of weeks ago, Dad took a trip to Japan. Of course, I asked him to bring me back some fabric. Dad is by no means an experienced fabric buyer, and I gave him pretty vague instructions (weird, text, modern), so I was expecting some potentially "interesting" fabric purchases. I also thought he might bring back four or five fat quarters. Nope - 14 half metres!
This is just a selection of the fabrics Dad picked out - my absolute favourites, although I like them all. The elephants above are so cute, I love the text fabric with the pink background, and the soft colours of the other fabric are just so sweet.
I think both of these text fabrics are Suzuko Koseki - they are very very cool. The fabric with the bow ties on it is awesome as well - the colours are really interesting (in a good way).
Dad thought the same print in two different colours might be handy, hence the ladybirds. Pretty good thinking for someone who isn't into fabric! The cats have so much personality - I know they will add a certain something to a future quilt.
Didn't Dad do well?! It makes me want to go on a fabric buying trip to Japan!
Anyway, Dad, happy birthday. I hope you have a good one!