straight and simple

attention! boring crafty stuff ahead! if you're not into it, well...hmm.....come back later. :) t minus one week and I am *itching* to get into my new studio space. I've got ideas and fabric burning a hole in my already-somewhat-packed boxes and if it wasn't for not wanting to do a ton of laundry in the otherwise creepy next-door basement laundry room these new quilts I've got up my sleeve would be works in progress.

for a while now I've been coming to terms with the idea that I don't want to make handbags. And guitar straps are ok. But what I really want to do is make things that people will feel really sentimental about (like quilts). They're bigger ticket items - harder to sell and more difficult and time consuming to make - but I am in love with the designs I've been playing out in my head for the past few months.

When I first started quilting a few years ago I went the easy way - very straightforward patchwork patterns. I have always been a fan of simple. These days, though, I'm getting more and more into quilting with solid colours - lots of applique, lots of shapes, lots of amish-style quilting. And tons of beautiful solid colours to work with. Some of my works in nprogress include the following as starting points:

Not having a studio has left me a bit lacking, creatively, these last few months, but I feel like I'm starting to get my groove back again. I can't wait to lock myself up with some good music and my sewing machine again.

I'm stumped though - anyone know of a good pattern-printing methed or a cheapo print shop with a plotter? These patterns are huge and I need to do some pattern cutting for a change!