It didn't take me long to break down and get the recommended rotary cutter. My Olfa arrived right on time to keep my sanity intact. The other cutter is sitting upright in a fabric bin to remind me to listen. Maybe someday I'll try a new blade in it. The one it came with could very well have been defective. Those things are known to happen. And it's just my luck. Lesson learned.
In the works is a very special project; one detailed enough, and just different enough to really get me going. My husband is huge with scenery of undersea life. His arm is a big reflection of that in the tattoo I designed and did for him called 'The Aquarium from Hell'. Bold, bright color in an undersea land of fantasy creatures. So, when my charm pack order of 'Splash' batiks came, he pounced on it.
"Underwater colors. There, there, and there", he said, pulling them from the pile and setting them aside. He had that glint in his eye, then nodded and walked away.
Well, that settled what his kitchen table placemat theme would be. I'm calling it 'Under a Foreign Sea'. Once the dimensions were set, I realized I needed more of the same fabric, so I ordered another charm pack. Once it arrived I could organize the colors and do the math- how many of this and how many of that. I had a LOT of fun designing this project! When the second graph workup was done and hubby said 'Ooooo', it was time to go to work.
My desk is covered with pieces and parts and pens and markers. On my TV tray is the cutting mat, my precious Olfa, and more pieces and parts.
A major snowstorm hit us, but that didn't bother me. I was designing! But, I did manage to catch Dobby, our coyote snow dog, waiting to be let back in. We are discovering that he likes to play in the snow. He wants to be chased around in it. Well, that won't happen anytime soon.
With all this fabulous new fabric, I noticed a certain set of colors were emerging that looked great all together, so this is the pile that will become a quilt for my Mom. She likes the small print, too, and the colors match her.
Now that my dialysis schedule is back on track, I hope to get these all done and pick up on the two in-progress quilts. And there's my treadle to work on. If I ever get caught up, I'll be lost.
Stay Warm and Quilt the Day Away!