A New Project; A New Go-To5:30:00 AM
I love Spring.
Not as much as Fall (my favorite season) but Spring is pretty darned fabulous. The snow is melting, I can finally see my grass (although this year in Chicago we had an unseasonably green winter (ssssshhhhh - do NOT tip off the snow gods...)) birds start chirping, my yard starts to look fabulous again, the view from my basement sewing area window is much prettier and more enticing than the season before.
I feel like it's a great time to start something new. Something I've always wanted to do...I have more time now (or I will - my tenure on the Chicago MQG board as their Social Media and Communications Chair is coming to an end, which theoretically should free up some time, right??)
I pulled fabric from my stash this week for my latest project; I'll be sticking to solids and near solids for this one, and I'm not wanting to buy anything for this project but some yardage for the backing. I'm going to try to make do with what I've got on the shelves here at home:
and at night I started pressing in front of the t.v. after the kids went to bed. Any ideas on what I might be making? It's a quilt for our masterbed, and it's relatively simple. That's all I'm gonna give ya. Any guesses?
And, I'll link this up with Sunday Stash Share over at Molli Sparkle's blog on Sunday when he goes live to show off my new Bella Solids card. I'm really stoked about this one; I've owned a Kona card for years and have bought several bolts of Kona (especially Snow), but, *cough*, I have to say - I'm kinda upset with Kona's lack of color continuity.
Like, really upset.
And I really, really like Kona's hand and drape (I like a stiffer cotton. What can I say.) especially because I tend to use a lot more whites and creams for my negative space. I'm bailing on Kona. I'm jumping ship to Bella. They've been much more consistent over the years for me, and, after a fantastic lecture given by one of my fellow Chicago Modern Quilt Guild board members at the last Guild meeting (which was all about solids), we all learned why: Kona dyes in multiple plant locations in two different countries, Bella, only one. So, off I go. Harder to get, especially locally for me, so I'm forced to buy online, but I don't care at this point. For my bolts for backgrounds I'm going to make the switch and I'm super stoked about this color card! WOOT!!
I'll stick with Konas for the smaller projects and because I love their multi pack color bundles, but for backgrounds and negative spaces that need to be consistent, I've taken the plunge. Bella it is.
What is your go-to for solid quilting cotton? Do you have a manufacturer you love? Hate? Why? Leave us all a comment! Or just leave me a comment. I always love to hear what people have to say about their favorite brands of solids.