We’ve been tempted to feature an “Our Favorites” category in the catalog and on our website for some time now but realize just about everything would be included! When I was asked to write a blog post about a favorite product of mine, I had serious trouble deciding which one. Do I go with the Natural Inspiration Leaf Bowls Pattern or Desert Nine-Patch Kit or Quilt Wall?
I’ve decided Happiness is… Peanuts Medley™ is my favorite new product for a couple of reasons. First, this is the only time I’ve seen a quilt-shop-exclusive Peanuts fabric collection. I believe chain stores have carried something similar before, but this is the first time a collection has been offered to independent quilt shops only. You won’t find this fabric in Walmart or other chains. Secondly, Peanuts, Charlie Brown, Snoopy and anything Charles Shultz created brings back so many happy childhood memories for me. From as far back as I can remember, the day after Thanksgiving has always been “Snoopy Jerry Day” to me. My family would visit a close family friend (Jerry) the day after Thanksgiving and start decorating his Christmas tree. This was not any ordinary Christmas tree mind you. Jerry, you see, was a collector of all things Charlie Brown. His entire home was a shrine to the Peanuts gang and his Christmas tree was no different. There was not a branch ungarnished with Linus, Lucy and Snoopy. From dishes and towels to bed linens and deck chairs, Jerry’s house was filled with THOUSANDS of these wonderful collectibles. My family started this tree-decorating tradition when my sister and I were in kindergarten, and it continued with new families and children long after we graduated college. Sadly, Jerry passed away a few years back, but the families with young children continue to carry on this tradition every year, gathering to decorate a “Snoopy Tree” in honor of Jerry at a favorite local restaurant of his.
Isn’t it amazing that just one Peanuts fabric Medley™ can bring back so many memories for me. As you browse through the fabrics and quilt kits in our newest spring newsletter, you, too may be reminded of happy memories. If so, we’d love to have you share your story with us.
Happy Quilting! Cheryl and all your friends at Keepsake Quilting.