This month is not my favorite for weather, and this year for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color, purple. When I pulled my purple stash I was really disappointed. There are some terrific batiks, but otherwise all the rest seem very dull. I also have very few prints to use. I was hoping to find lovely florals, especially lilacs and violets, two of my favorite flowers. Overall, a pretty depressing stash for me. I’m sticking to my rule of no fabric purchases this year, so there will be slim pickings.
However, I did find a large scrap of a gorgeous floral and used it for my first Sawtooth Star block.
I was really surprised when the photo showed it off better than it appeared to my eyes. The slanting light seemed to bring it alive.
The 16-patch block was not very exciting at all. See all the pale grayish tones? Now I have a collection of 2-1/2 inch squares which will probably get moldy in the bottom of some orner of the closet.
In order to have something to show for February, I’m making a Project Linus quilt using purple and pink strips and charms. The fleece backing for this is a sweet unicorn print on purple. Some little girl will love it.
Enough of these negative purple thoughts. On the definetly positive side:
I’m going to buy myself a new sewing machine. My current one was bought twelve years ago when I retired. It was not a high end machine and has gotten good use, but has some real drawbacks for quilting. The throat space, between the needle and the body, is only 5-1/2 inches. I have to turn the wheel in order to raise and lower the foot. There are other drawbacks as well.
I’ve done quite a bit of comparison shopping, mostly online, and have decided on a real quilting machine at a good price. If the snow ever holds off this week, I hope to get to the sewing store to try it out. Hopefully the big reveal will be next Saturday.
I’m looking forward to seeing what all of you folks have been up to.
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