Get that towel out; you're going to need it.
This post is heavy on drool. Keep that towel handy as you salivate over my new fabric. Don't say I didn't warn you, either.
The peachy/rosy/orangy colors.
The green colors.
Elder DD wants a quilt! And not in black or gray or neutrals! Whoopie! The New Yorker likes color! I always knew she was a classy dame!
So what to make with it all? I have tons of fabric here, although I think I'll need more of that off-white. Easy enough to get. Rail block with that off-white as one of the strips? Some sort of diagonal strippy thing? I have no idea. Clearly it'll need white to keep it under control. Otherwise it'll tend to look like the great pumpkin, only with more peachy tones.
More sewing stuff: here are the 2 doll quilts now at the hand quilting part. I'm not terribly good at this. Can't do the hand under the quilt thing because it hurts my hands. So I slowly do a running stitch. It's quite pleasant to do, although I have learned never to quilt through seam allowances unless I have to. So far I can't seem to get more than 10-11 sts/inch, although going down to a size 9 between is helping. Well, so it goes. I'm certainly never going to enter anything in a competition. I'm just doing this for the fun of it.
I started another doll quilt, also. This is from a Schnibbles pattern, only I'm going to make it smaller for a doll. I'm learning how to make flying geese. Ack. What a mess it is, except that I seem to be able to fudge it well. Just don't look on the wrong side. Next time, I'll really spray with more starch!
Here's my take on quilting: I love picking out the fabrics and looking for patterns. I actually like some of the cutting out very much. I love arranging the blocks, and then hand-quilting them. The machine sewing part is OK; not my greatest love, mostly because I'm so totally inaccurate. And basting the layers together is not grand fun, although on these little pieces, it's kind of pleasant.
I was chatting with the shop owner about how much I'm loving this craft even with my crummy cutting and sewing, and she told me that she can barely knit. So there you have it: Different skills and some of us are great at one thing, and others of us excel at other things. It's a challenge to step out of your comfort zone, and it keeps the brain alive. Plus all those colors! What can I say? It's all about the color!
Knitting? I'm working on the next shawl of the Light & Dark Lace Club. I had this gorgeous border planned, but I know I won't have enough yarn, so I'll put the pattern aside for another shawl, and come up with a cute little guy. Can't show you pics, BUT I can finally show you Arachne's Delight, the current shawl in progress. I had the best time knitting it, and don't you love that adorable border?
Arachne's Delight will go up for sale in Feb.
And that's enough of my blather.