You might have noticed that I haven't posted for a week. I was laid low by a sinus infection for a couple of days and then Linda came for a working visit.
Linda came for a visit because she is out of stitching—oh my! She came to Texas so that I could draw her next group of projects. It's so much easier to get the drawings right when we're together. She knew what she wanted but as the drawings progressed, ideas changed. It's always a little slow going in the beginning but, after 2-1/2 days, we were done. Yay!
During that time there was the usual hustle and bustle in my house. Lorna was here to fill orders, the kids were here with her… Linda told me that now she knows why I am sometimes stressed when we talk on the phone :-).
I love my grandkids and Lorna has to bring them with her when she works, but it can be hard for me to think when there is so much going on around me. However, I really want Lorna to come work! While Linda was here, I had an idea (or maybe Linda had the idea): I am going to pay/bribe Jack to play quietly when he's here and I'm working. He would love to make $1 a day and I would love to focus—it's a win/win, don't you think? I'm going to the bank on Monday to get a stack of $1 bills.
After the drawings were finished, Linda and I had time to go shopping at our favorite Texas shop, The Quilt Asylum. We spent 2 hours—and about $450 each. I knew, as my pile grew, that it was not going to be an inexpensive trip to the quilt shop.
People sometimes ask me how I choose fabric. As I was folding this group, I thought that could use this group as an example.
Here is what I came home with, washed/dried/folded and neatly stacked (click on the photo and it will open larger):
Most of the fabrics are fat quarters. If you see more of an edge of any fabric, it's probably a yard. I bought a couple of 1/2 yard cuts and a couple of 1-1/2 yard cuts.
Notice that these are clear colors, not gray/muddy colors*. I use clear colors 99% of the time. I know that every one of these pieces is going to work with the vast majority of the fabric in my stash.
*If you have trouble imagining what a 'gray/muddy' color is—think civil war, or Thimbleberries, or Jo Morton quilts. It's not that those are bad colors. Rather, they are not the kinds of colors that I use. I don't buy them. I don't even see them in the quilt shops because I don't spend time looking at them. Really—they are invisible to me. If this is the palette you use, then the fabric in my pile above is probably invisible to you— and that is OK.
Look at the stack on the right (above). Half of it is green and the other half is split between orange, yellow, and brown. It used to be that I bought more green than anything else. In the last couple of years that shifted to blue. Look at the stack on the left—There is as much blue as there is green/yellow/orange/brown combined.
The black/white/cream/gray stack is tallest but that's because I bought bigger quantities of fabric with text on it:
I really like the texture of text in prints and this fabric is hot right now. If you like it, you should buy it because it's not going to be here forever.
I like text the way it looks in books and newspapers—black and white (or cream). Many of the fabrics above were available in color. I don't like them as much. However, there were a few colored 'text' prints that I liked and bought fat quarters of. I may be sorry that I didn't get more of the fabrics in the center stack.
So, this is an over-view of 'what I bought'. Over the next few days, I'll write more about specific choices. Have a lovely weekend!