Have you ever asked a perfectly reasonable question and got a look that clearly says that someone thinks you might have slipped over the edge? I was in a fabric store today and found a solid that I thought would be right for my project but wasn't completely sure. I took it over to the cutting table and asked the staff person if she thought it looked like dinosaur skin. She gave me that 'look' and said, 'I am afraid I wouldn't know'.
I wasn't asking her if she had personal knowledge of dinosaurs but did think she might have had an idea. She did work in a fabric store and I am sure I wasn't the first person to make a quilt with an extinct animal on it. Or maybe I am. No matter. I bought the fabric and my husband thought it was perfect and he isn't even a quilter.
I had been mentally tossing around ideas for a quilt for a young boy and a centre block with a dinosaur seemed to be the answer. I looked through my stash of fabrics and didn't find anything that looked just right. I have a ton of coordinating fabric though so now I have the main one, I can get started.
Perhaps, just for fun, the next time I am in that store, I will ask if they have anything that looks like woolly mammoth fur or feathers from a dodo!