This growing interest of mine in the sewing-needle arts is a dangerous thing for someone who is in love with the whole notion of art supplies. I've been on a little bit of a fabric bender lately, which is not actually pictured above; that's (some of) my existing pile of prints, standing in representationally for the packages of fabric that should be arriving soon. Fabric is kind of a problem if you are a completist, especially if you have yet to find that one excellent local fabric store & so you do a lot of late-night fabric browsing on the internet. Those little half-yard cuts seem so accessible & affordable (although getting a whole bunch of them sort of cuts down on the affordability factor)! I've been stacking, re-stacking, laying alongside of, & otherwise arranging my prints for a few days now, since I'm itching to get started on another quilt but obviously I can't really get going until my new fabric gets here.
I'm thinking about doing the same kind of thing I did last time, except maybe with a little more piecing involved. The other one I'm thinking about is the red & white one from DSQ (a version of the pattern is available here for download from the Free Spirit site), although I think maybe I'd want to collect fabric specifically for that project, plus I really do love the big swaths of solid color with minimal piecing (speaking of, clicking around last night, I ended up again at littlebirds' beautiful duvet cover, which looks delightfully like a giant version of one of her tissue cases).
Since no new fabric was magically materializing from my computer screen last night, I was looking for something casual & tv-friendly to do & finally settled on finishing a bobbin of merino that had been languishing on my wheel for quite a while. My goal this weekend is to finish the second bobbin of this colorway, so I can ply it up & feel a sense of yarn accomplishment, maybe even get inspired to get the dyepots going again, before the weather starts heating up & completely removes any desire to be working with wool.
Ok, so, speaking of tv, late last night I was puttering around & watching Will & Grace reruns, & it was the episode where Grace & Karen go up to Leo's cabin & find all that money under the mattress (should I put one of those black spoiler bars over this, like on televisionwithoutpity?). I'd actually seen this one before, & just like the first time, the thing that completely grabbed my attention is that Leo's cabin is filled with amazing quilts, a shades-of-blue patchwork on the bed (velvets, maybe?), & a really fanastic one across the back of the couch that looked like it was maybe done in rich solid wools. Anyone know the one I'm talking about? I loved it so much that I sketched it on the back of an envelope -- though, really, I sketched as much as I could see of it, since the characters were annoyingly sitting on the couch & having dialogue & things -- & then I colored it in with my random collection of colored pencils. The result is much less amazing & much more circusy than the original, but you have to imagine that the proportions are right (& the circles should actually be a little larger compared to the background fabric), & that the design is more carefully thought out (vs. being quickly imagined while peering around big tv hair).
Anyway, it was a great quilt.