Ironing is the spice of quilting?

While I was in Maine I went fabric shopping.  I bought lots of fabric. Last week I sorted it all by color groups ie dark, medium, light and I’m not quite sure, washed and dried it all and then spent days ironing all of it.  I pulled some fabric from my last trip that I wasn’t sure if I’d washed and did that too.  So here are a few shots of the fabric all washed, dried, ironed and ready for the shelves.

First is this lovely Chrysanthemum fabric by Lonni Rossi.  I bought enough of each color so that I could use it either on the front or the back of the quilt.  I love mums so this was a natural choice for me.

So here are the mum fabric with some other pieces…pansys are another favorite flower.  The second fabric is a green pansy fabric that I just had to have.  Two yards will do nicely either in a tote bag or a lap quilt of some kind.

Then there are the stripes and toiles.  These aren’t the usual toiles, oh no!  Tan backgrounds with black, red and purple patterns.  You’ll also notice the black & white.  Seems to be another theme working here.  You’ll see what I mean later.

Another view of the stripes and toiles.  The fabric that seems to wash out in the light is a green with a small scale, lighter green print.  Not quite sure why it’s washing out.

And here are some of my very favorite fabrics.  The dot collection.  I seem to have fallen in love with dots.  Black & white with shades of gray dots.  Black & white with shades of gray & red dots.  Pink with gray , black & white alone and more, more more dots.  This fabrics just jumped into my cart and begged me to take them home.  The black & white fabrics on the top are the fabrics I woke up thinking about a quilt.  I’m still trying to figure out how to do what I would like to do.  It’ll come.  I have a few other quilts to think about in the mean time.

Like Majors quilt. Here are two of the fabrics for her quilt.  The backing is the blue on top.  This was one of the first fabrics that we added to the cart as we walked around the Fabric Barn.  WOW doesn’t even begin to describe this fabric.  The fabric on the bottom is from Jinny Beyers Coventry Line and is even better in person. This will be the alternate block and the main border of the quilt.  The texture of this fabric lovely.  The fabric itself has given me some ideas for background quilting after I get all of the trapunto work done.

These two fabrics are a border and binding fabric for the quilt. Moda Marbles are among some of my very favorite fabrics and complement the other fabric choices in this quilt very well.  When I envisioned Majors quilt I was playing off the white in the background and Major went for color.  I’m excited to get started on this quilt.

I have plans for another blog post featuring my gramma’s thimble and sewing kit.  A few quilt show details have needed my attention over the last few days and now that the extra furniture is gone there are other household details that need attending.

One big detail that needs attention. . .after 14+ years at the same job my dh will finish at the end of this month.  At this moment there is nothing definite lined up however I have faith that something good will come along for one of us.

Happy Quilting!


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