Last week I was lamenting the decline in quality of Kona cottons. I don't use solids often but after reading good reviews of the Moda Bella line, I chose the *snow* color for the background of my current project and am very happy with it. For some reason, I had it in my mind that the color range in this line was somewhat limited...maybe having seen someone's old color card. By coincidence, someone posted about their new swatch card last week and when I saw the number of colors included, I knew it would be a good reference. It arrived on Saturday and I wasn't disappointed. Except that they didn't have anything near a good cheddar, the holy grail of traditional appliqué-ers.
Yesterday after our quilt group meeting, I ran out to one of my favorite local quilt shops, The Quilt Merchant, to pick up a new item, a 5 pack of Presencia green cotton threads, color-coordinated to Jo Morton's reproduction fabric line. The perfect selection of odd, leafy greens that are so difficult to find in general thread displays. While there, I was shooting the breeze with its owner, Docia, about upcoming lines of reproductions fabrics, the Quilt Merchant's specialty. I was also lamenting my shadowing cheddar and the lack of a good quality replacement for the Kona. She mentioned that Jo often uses the flip side of a print when she needs a cheddar and I said that we need to put a bug in her ear about adding one to one of her lines. Or get Moda to expand their Bella selection.
Fast forward to 10 minutes ago. I was perusing the newest additions online at the Fat Quarter Shop and was startled to see this in the lineup. Whoohoo! I'd be disappointed that my card is already a bit outdated if I wasn't so elated about this addition. Once it's been added to the stash, I'll report back.
I've been working like crazy on the appliqué project but other things are calling, as well. When I made this quilt for the wedding, I hadn't done any quilting on the borders when I gifted it. *I'm going to have to take it back with me but you can have it at Thanksgiving!*, I said at the time. And then we returned and I placed it, folded, on a chair in the guest room. *I'll take July off and then quilt a border a month!*...my big plan. The newlyweds visited in late August and I had to confess that I hadn't put a stitch into it since the wedding. *No problem, though! I'll be quilting on it the day after Labor Day!* This week I decided to unfold it and lay it out on the twin bed in our computer room so that I'd be reminded of it every time I headed in to fritter away time, clicking around the internet. It worked! I'm definitely a lot closer to starting to quilt on it than I was when it was folded in the guest room. *grin*
This isn't helping, either. I haven't knitted since last winter though I've been feeling the itch to cast on some new mittens. I've been conspicuously absent from Ravelry the last few months and haven't browsed the knitting magazines in ages. So what possessed me to pick up this new issue while in Borders the other day, I do not know. But two sweaters in it caught my attention...yes, sweaters! I know!!
Would this look as good without the mournful gaze? I'm not good at the mournful gaze. I think it has possibilities, though *bed-jacket* was my first thought. (I know I am dating myself with that comment. I had the cutest pink satin quilted bed-jacket that I remember wearing when I had the measles, around seven years old.)
I could see this as a great layer to throw on over a turtleneck with jeans. In a darker, tweedy yarn. A good thing to grab as I'm running out the door on a crisp fall day. Fall 2010, maybe.
In the meantime, I am keeping myself busy with borders.