I hope you all (in the U.S.) enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving. M was released from the hospital several days ago and although it's been a *two steps forward, one step back* situation since, progress is being made. We had a quiet day yesterday, but I did make a turkey & fixin's and we were in close touch with family...let's say it was memorable in its own way. I haven't been on the computer much this week so I hope that you'll accept my sincere thanks for all of your warm wishes here.
In the bit of free time I've found this week, I washed up a rainbow of Moda Bella cuts that I picked up recently at the Fat Quarter Shop with an online sales coupon. I wanted to mention it because I didn't want to leave the impression after my recent post that I was sour on Moda Bella. I think it's a lovely fabric...but as with anything, it does pay to examine purchases before use. There were some good comments left regarding fabric care, and I did want to share that after reading Alison Marie's comment, I did a little test with my unblemished Snow Moda Bella. I soaked it, put it in the washing machine and poured a capful of detergent directly on it. I left it for a minute before adding the wash water and checked it carefully at several points. No splotching resulted, so I am further convinced that my white spots were there from the beginning...a case of the dye not being evenly distributed and overlooked by quality control. (An aside: Why does my photo appear blurry when the actual photo is as sharp as can be?)
I've hardly been in my sewing room the last few weeks, but while I was pressing my newly washed fabrics, I decided to play around with some border possibilities for these blocks. This is just a little tease...I have bigger plans than a sawtooth edge, but you'll have to stick around for that! I do find that simply moving strips & pieces around on the design wall spurs so many more ideas for me than sketching...or the blank stare.
I have always loved the Japanese quilt magazines, Quilts Japan & Patchwork Quilt Tsushin, but they are expensive (more so now with the plunging $!!) and so hefty that they take up quite a bit of room on the bookshelf. Now that I'm in the Chicago area, I'm lucky to be near a Japanese bookstore,Sanseido (inside Mitsuwa), where I can thumb through before making a purchase decision. This new issue of Tsushin, however, lured me from the cover...My Scrappy Christmas. If you like those bright, scrappy, *throw everything in but the kitchen sink* kind of Japanese contemporary quilts, this is the issue (#153) for you.
If you don't have the luxury of close proximity to such a bookstore, Quilts Japan has a wonderful website which allows you to browse the content of their current issue. If you click this link to the Quilts Japan current issue page, you will see an oval link with an open book icon and some Japanese writing below what appears to be a list of the issue's content. If you click on the oval, it will bring up a separate page, a *book* which you can flip through, page by page, to see many of the featured quilts and projects!
Ok, I'm rambling. Back next week when, with luck, everything should be back to normal around here.