I simply dumped every last bit of fabric I own on the floor, carved a path for us to get through and began choosing fabrics for my BIG FUN SUMMER QUILT PROJECT. Oh yeah. This is gonna be good. Can you feel it? Alot of people seem to have their fabrics organized on open shelving which would be really great: you can see everything at a glance. Mine is tucked away into drawers, both for dust considerations and, yes, this is a diningroom. So the piles are still there and will remain! I came out with a seven squares, all different and I'm just gonna keep goin' till I'm done goin'. My favorite block so far is the funky sawtooth star from Material Obsession. My plan is to simply make a bunch of different blocks so it'll be a Sampler Quilt.
I really enjoyed doing a freeform block too. Anywho. I took frequent breaks to read The Wrong Mother; a very suspenseful murder mystery (not a cozy read!) and the June/July issue of Quilting Arts (thanks, Megan for the head's up there).
Well, anyway there is a terrific article in QA, Stitching from the Soul by Victoria Gertenbach, and I meander to her blog where she mentions Boro fabric which is little bits of fabric stitched together to make new garments and household items in Japan. Entrancement. Big Time. Off I go on an internet wander through Boro fabric which leads me to this book, Boro: Rags and Tatters from the Far North of Japan and to this YouTube video. Boro is mightily tempting me and I remember what happened with Coco-Chan's Kimono, by Kumiko Sudo. I totally blew it and didn't order quickly enough. Well, in case you are interested, I emailed the publisher and discovered that it is being reprinted and quickly put an "alert me" order in at Amazon. Of course, I've been down this road before with Coco-Chan so am trying not to get my hopes up.
OK, enough. This has been great; I've missed the regular ole' blogging and for some reason, I feel like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz: as if I've been far far away and missed all of you. Thanks for your lovely comments. Note to self: tell you why Sue Pelletier is talking about Johnny Depp in the comments.