I've already used I.S.T.H. so that will have to do for today.
Instead of throwing fabric scraps away, I collect them in a bag to donate to groups who use them to stuff dog beds at shelters. And because it seems like not one of us finds these big piles of little snippets really pretty, a clear bag seems to be in order. There are pieces of the polka dot background I used with Meadowsweet, some Reunion scraps and some slivers of reproduction fabrics. A couple of things are finished and a couple more things will get cut out in the next day or so.
I've been getting quilts to the quilter and getting backing fabric ordered and ready. A couple of things might be photographed this week and oh yeah... I've committed to do two special little projects for/with friends in the coming weeks. And I had to write a pattern to go with a quilt for a magazine. What was I thinking?
I have been shipping big and small Schnibbles quilts around the country for trunk shows, and a couple of quilts have gotten to "go home". I'll be sending the Nine Dots project quilt home this coming week but I'm happy I get to keep my Nine Dots house quilt. I think it's my favorite.
After a great deal of thought and some serious soul-searching, I had to admit that as much fun as doing fabric had been, it was never my goal. And more importantly, it was never going to be the priority for me that it should be. The people at Henry Glass - Larry Reichenberg, Karen Junquet and all the amazing designers - were a joy to work with, and they were incredibly supportive when my life got a little topsy-turvy. But no matter how wonderful they were, I still felt like I had let them down by not being able to be at Market to fully promote the fabrics. And I always felt like it wasn't right for me to continue to use fabric from other companies even though they encouraged me to do so. They were fine with it but it bothered me.
I also had to come clean with myself and acknowledge that "designing" fabric had never been a be-all, end-all for me. Unlike many others, I didn't get into the quilt pattern business with that as my goal. It wasn't until other people - twits! - made me feel like something was wrong with me for not doing it that I started feeling like maybe I should. (And seriously, there are folks in the industry who behave as though those people not doing fabric are not on the same level as those who are. Whatever.) So when I thought about it from every angle, this was the right decision.
And really, I've always been a very fickle wench when it came to what I wanted to work with. Just look at what's on my cutting table and "teux deux" list right now...
I. Love. This. Fabric. It took me a while to decide on a background because I don't love that grunge print/piece and I didn't really want just white.
Jo Morton Bridgeport with some added pieces.
I'm planning to use this for a small quilt... actually, two small quilts. Same concept but one tiny little variation will give me two very different quilts. Since I was never very good at picking either/or... and since I have enough fabric for both, I don't have to choose. I just have to sew fast.
As you can see, I'll have plenty to keep me busy doing what is really my favorite part of this business - making quilts.