I'm still working on quilt backs for old projects. Or at least I'm still thinking about quilt backs. In the last week I've mostly been pulling fabrics and calculating yardage to buy.
I love this stack of Jennifer Paganelli fabrics for the back of my Mod Valentine quilt.
Just looking at the gorgeous colors and mix of prints inspires me to get this quilt finished!
I'm also still swooning.
Slow and steady. Slow and steady.
This is Swoon block #4, made at a Portland Modern Quilt Guild sew day at Fabric Depot last Saturday.
And this is Swoon block #5, made at my sewing circle. I just kept my head down and soldiered on while hilarity ensued all around me.
Nothing is more entertaining than the shenanigans that take place at sewing circle.
My Swoon blocks so far....
The Swoon colors are so soft and lovely. Peaceful and springlike.
However, as we start to see a little more sunshine each week in the Portland area, I am starting to really enjoy and crave color. Rich, saturated color.
No one enjoys the sun more than Portlanders. Yesterday we had a real variety pack -- rain, hail, and sun. As soon as a few rays would break through the clouds, everyone was outside and in high spirits.
I love the colors of these Kaufman Pure Organics!
"Oh, did you not want me to sit on this stool where you so carefully placed your Swoon blocks and Pure Organics to avoid cat hair?"
A friend is planning on making her daughter's wedding invitations, including some stitching and decorating with fabric flowers. I pulled a few fabrics from my stash and now can't stop looking at the beautiful color combinations. I'm not planning on using the Paradise Gardens on any particular project in the near future (at least not until I finish those UFOs), but I'm really enjoying the colors and prints.
My collection of red and white prints for my Christmas in July quilt is really growing now. You may remember that I started collecting them for my Swoon quilt, but couldn't wait and went a different direction with fabrics and colors. I'm still planning on my red and white Christmas in July quilt; however, now I can't decide if I want to make another Swoon quilt (which I think would look fabulous) or go with another pattern.
The red and white idea came from Christmas 2010 when my daughter bought all red and white paper for gifts. It looked beautiful!
In the meantime, I'm going to enjoy a variety of other colors
and beautifully cut and stacked fabrics all tied up with a bow.
I just love it when fabric stores take such obvious thought and care when cutting and packaging fabrics. This stack was purchased from Sew, Mama, Sew, and they always do an exceptional job.
Sometimes I have to just leave these pretty little stacks all around in the sewing studio for inspiration.
With wishes, true and kind -- Joan