Now that I'm firmly ensconced in my new room, I'm finally working on a number of projects that have been quietly percolating beneath the surface for a while...through the year of house showings, the eventual move, the settling in. I have quite a number of in-progress quilts (as a number of you keep reminding me), but only about half of them still hold my interest and I've decided to no longer feel guilty about the rest. They're gone. *Histoire*! Ok, maybe not literally, but I'm moving on. I don't know if it's my new space, spring or what, but I've been busy prioritizing the ones I plan to finish and starting a few I've been thinking about.
As I've mentioned, I've been itching to use some of my contemporary Japanese prints. I've been collecting these cottons on each trip, so now I have a pretty good selection from which to work. When I first brought them back, the plan was to integrate them into the stash, but I found that the colors just wouldn't work with most of what I had. The yellows all seemed to have more green in them, the turquoises were flatter, the reds more tomato-y, no matter the designer or manufacturer. Recently there seems to be more crossover. A number of American collections seem to be picking up on the Japanese aesthetic so it's easier to mix some in and keep the look I intended.
I'm really excited about how this is developing...just as I had envisioned!..but I'm juggling a lot of balls this spring so it's currently my *reward* project. For the time being, if I get x number of things crossed off my list, I earn some time to work on my quilt for a while. Great incentive.
Well, that was quite the response to my sewing room. So many of you loved the wall color, I did a little sleuthing for you. The previous owners painted it, so my first stop was the basement to check the cans of paint they left behind. One can was marked *new bedroom* (the sewing room is in an addition they added to the house about 10 years ago) but the color information was pretty cryptic. I deciphered the number 634 and swung by the Benjamin Moore paint store on my way home from quilt group yesterday. Sure enough, color 634, Forest Valley Green, matches the wall exactly so I'm confident in passing this along. There you go!