I knew the ever expanding quilt industry wouldn't last forever but it was a downer to read some of the statistics from last year.
It doesn't discourage me, just makes me sad.
I admit I don't spend as much on books and fabric as I used to. Part of the reason is because I have a large stash but the main reason is because I am a traditional quilter who likes reproduction fabrics
and patterns and my local fabric shops/magazines are catering more to those who like the trendy colors and themes.
But, I have to tell myself that they are catering in that direction because the quilters who like that are the ones spending the money. Makes perfect sense.
Also the many of the new patterns that are available are too simple and too "easy" for me. I want a challenge, I want something intricate.
I love the ideas that are coming out of Australia. They seem to be going in lots of interesting directions…
I got all the clues done for the On Ringo Lake Mystery Quilt by Bonnie Hunter. When I tried to put them together it just looked too muddy and the blocks weren't able to shine. I think I chose the wrong colors of red for the sashing. It all blended in together without a place for your eye to stop and relax. So I gave up on the diamond shaped sashing strips.
I decided I wouldn't use any sashing and would just sew them together in a straight set. But, there were just too many seams to match that weren't pressed opposite each other. It was not a fun experience so I changed my mind again.
I decided to try some different sashing options.
I tried a red swirl fabric but it made the blocks too dark.
I put in a white with a red dot but it was much to light. (I'm sounding like Goldilocks here!)
Then I put the blocks on a red check. Wow! This was my favorite choice but, alas, I didn't have enough fabric to go between all 49 blocks. Boo hoo!
It's easier to see the stitching in this picture. It took longer than I wanted it too because of the quilt repair project from my previous post. But it's done now. I'm not sure why I decided to do regular hand stitching because it is just a wall hanging. But, it did turn out nicely so I'm not sorry I took the time.
I quilted a number on each pot.
And three little flowers in the space between words. I've decided to give it away to a sweet little lady in Wisconsin for Christmas. I can't wait for her to see it.
The fall colors continue to dazzle. These are the trees I see from my kitchen window.
And, I'm a lover of clouds so here are a few pictures of the display yesterday. So fascinating!