Where have I been?
Getting ready for Italy.
It seems that my jeans and tank tops are not going to cut it in Italy. Even though I could never pass for a European I need to at least try not to stick out so much (very un-healthy for an American at the moment). So I am making some dresses and blouses to wear with skirts and dressy capri pants. I have two pair of sandals (gotta skip the tennies) and I went shopping for a few more dresses and some bike shorts for under the skirts. August in Italy is going to be so hot... but I am not complaining... really.
This still needs a zipper and a hem ... but it is coming along:
It is just a prototype I will probably just wear to church here. I wanted to make sure that the pattern worked for me before I made it out of the voile and embroidered cotton I want to use for the Itally trip. This is a tunic length blouse but I am making a couple of dresses out of this pattern as well.
As the the title of the post... I find myself in a dilemma. When I came back to quilting last year I went back to buying the same kind of fabrics that I used to buy. I hadn't been introduced to the modern designers and fun bright fabrics (that weren't novelty prints) yet so I bought a lot of old fashioned looking fabrics.
Last Christmas I bought a ton of Figgy Pudding and Glace. I even made a purse out of Glace and carried it around until way past Christmas. Now when I look at these fabrics I am left a bit cold. I have a ton of fabric I don't even consider using anymore. I am going to donate it to my church's craft group. I find now I have to buy new Christmas fabric to make things with even though I have yards of Glace left. I gave away Figgy Pudding a month ago or so if you remember. I decided I wanted to make some trivets and pot holders for my etsy shop. I used Glace to do the tester:
This is 20" in diameter. I am going to bat it with that thermal stuff so you can use it as a trivet for a turkey platter. When I look at it I have no excitement over it. I wonder if my In-laws would like it.
So am I the only one that wants to use nothing but modern fabrics? Is anyone else bored with the stuff they used to like? Let me know.