Jo Morton is in town and she is visiting three chapters of Quilters Unlimited. I'm looking forward to her Rhubarb Crisp class on Saturday. I'm a member of the McLean chapter and she'll do a lecture and trunk show for us next Tuesday. I wanted to see her before the class so I went to the Fairfax chapter meeting to see her this morning. I will have no trouble sitting through it again next week. Jo is very personable and her quilts are fabulous! I wish I had taken a photo of my fabric selections for the class. I have way more than her instructions call for and it is all ironed and neatly tucked in a bin. I'm sure I'll only use a small fraction of it during class, but it was fun bonding with it again. I started with some of Jo's fabrics - Cocoa Express, Crimson and Clover, Ember Red and Evergreen and added many other designers to the mix. I think you can tell by the names what colors I using. I also added some cheddar prints. I had fun shopping my stash and I can't wait to get started. I have no business starting a new project, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to take a class with Jo.
I've only been stitching a little bit here and there and when I do that I tend to go from one project to the next and the next and the next..... Let's see, what projects have I touched in the past couple of weeks... EPP the hexies, hand quilting the morningstar, a simple square block pattern for a charity quilt (did a nickel swap with gals in the Springfield chapter), handpieced a spool block, made a basket block, and stitching hanging sleeves on my 3 quilts going into the guild show in June. I do my housekeeping in the same haphazard manner ; c )
Oh, and I've been weeding, weeding and weeding some more in our garden. How could I forget - I have poison ivy on my forearms. It's not bad enough to see a doctor, just bad enough to drive me crazy at night. I think I got about 3 hours of sleep last night. It's blistered now and I've been soaking in Aveeno. I picked up some tecnu spray at the grocery store today. I just put some on. It smells awful so it should be good, right?
Early this morning I put my 9-patches from the McLean chapter exchange on my design wall. I want to use two different fabrics for the block background and alternate them. I was so tickled that this setting uses the exact number of 9-patches. I made a few extra with my strip sets so there are several repeats. I'm not sure what color to go with on the background - maybe light and dark grey, or blue and grey or blue and brown. I don't know. I might go out to the Jinny Beyer Studio tomorrow morning and audition some of her palette fabrics.
My rotary cutter broke (the grey one in the photo) so I went to JoAnn's and used a coupon to get a new one (grey and white). I'm not completely happy with it. It's light in my hand and I find it hard to open and shut it. What brand rotary cutter do you use?