As I said on Saturday there was a cosmic convergence of time and motivation last week that resulted in my cleaning up my sewing area. The re-configuration of the grid shelving and the clean new design wall make me feel so energized. From previous photos you could tell how absolutely dusty and yuckky my design wall had gotten. It is just a piece of Warm & Natural batting that I adhere to the wall with double stick poster tape and push pins. Low tech but it works.
So to christen my new design wall I made a block on Saturday - a great BIG block! This is the first block I'm doing with the pattern Swoon by Thimble Blossoms.
I dived into my stash of Kaffe Fasset and Phillip Jacobs prints- bright and big scale!
And I have to say I did swoon when I finished this block - I LOVE IT! I can't wait to make 8 more. I was determined to use fabrics I already own and I'm almost getting by with it. The background is a yellowy/greeny tone on tone with a floral spray and little birds here and there. I have 3 yds of it and the pattern calls for 4 1/4 yd. soooooooo..... I went online and Fabric Shack had it and it was reduced in price! Yes! So how much do I order? 1 1/4 yds that I'm short? or 5 yds? Yeah - I ordered 5 yds. (insert hanging head in shame and momentary guilt- ok I'm over it!) I figure this way I can make the borders wider if I want and I'll still have some in my stash for another quilt. It was a bargain at less than $6 a yd and with Fabric Shack's low shipping it was cheaper to buy online than drive up and pick it up which would have meant that other fabric would have come home with it. Soooooo I am being very virtuous! LOL - I told you I could justify anything!