The photo doesn't do justice to these luscious fabrics at all, but I found these things in a lovely little quilt shop only a few hundred metres away from where Paul is staying! He may find his Mum visiting more often than he had bargained for! I don't know what triggered it, but the quilting bug suddenly seems to be affecting me again. I more or less completely stopped since I began writing this blog except for making a small wall quilt last year. I'm enjoying the watercolours but perhaps I need more variety now. I tend to focus exclusively on one creative activity for long periods at a time and I do feel that is the best way to improve, but maybe it's time to change that habit in order to keep the creative juices flowing?
The only trouble I have with quilting is that I get 'ideas overload' after a while. I find playing with fabric, beads and threads so inspiring that I get so many I don't know what to do first. I've now decided on the colour scheme and the pattern for the fabrics on the left. They're Modas, a collection of autumnal colours called Summer's End and I plan to do a single bed quilt, a scrap 'Jewel Box' with them. The fabrics on the right are batiks, my favourite, and my mind goes into overdrive with those! The two packs are called Bali Pops, 40 strips of batik fabrics 2 1/2" wide which will be perfect for the mini paper pieced quilts I love doing. But, with all those fabrics and colours, the possibilities are endless! I'll have to start keeping a notebook of ideas and filter them out otherwise, like spinning plates, they will all come crashing down and I'll end up doing nothing! I already have two other colour schemes worked out for two bed quilts as they are older (but gorgeous!) fabrics I'd like to use up. As every quilter knows though, no matter how big your fabric stash, when you get out your fabrics to make a quilt, there is always at least one colour that you don't have that you absolutely must have to make that next quilt!