I hate to start this post off with the proverbial weather talk, but I can't resist grousing about the solid week of rain/sleet/snow (sometimes all in one day) we've been experiencing here in New England. Of course weather wise I know we have nothing to complain about compared to other parts of the country, but still. Luckily I have been cheered very much by my current project. It's sooooooo exciting. I haven't shared it here yet, but if you hop on over to block party you can read all about it. For the past year or so I have been engaged in a virtual quilting bee, and now the 12 of us are working on The Book. Currently we have 2 more weeks until our blocks are due and it's been soooooo much fun! 12 little packets of differents fabrics/block designs are sent to us to make up with our own interpretation of the block since all the blocks are modern twists and leave room for improvisational design. Then they are collected and sent back to the person who picked the pattern/fabric for the quilt to be constructed and quilted. So despite the gray weather I have contented myself with beautiful fabrics of which I can only show some snippets since I am sworn to secrecy until the book is published.
This is just a small sampling of the sublime colors and fabrics I have been playing with. And even though I am quite comfortable combining quirky colors together, a couple of the blocks have been a surprise to me. For example, I opened one packet and out came animal prints in shades of brown, and then hot pink, orange and yellow solids...and I thought huh? Then I started to cut, snip and sew away and what transpired was one of the most beautiful blocks I have ever put together. I couldn't stop staring at it. Later on out of the blue I remarked to my husband over drinks and dinner, "You know, all colors look great together, you should see my wastebasket." He said "huh? Oh ok hun." I think he thought it was just the Margheritas talking.