There has been progress on the sewing front, but I'm still struggling with the layout of the sewing room.I have to have separate lighting for each area, and I haven't quite perfected it so there are no dark spots. I know a lot of American women sew in their basements, and produce beautiful quilts, so I should be able to do without natural light, but I'm having a hard time adapting. I keep taking my fabric choices out to the front room, to make sure that they actually look good together.
Last night I pushed and pulled furniture around in the front room and set up a design wall where the light from the door will reach it, so at least I can put my blocks up somewhere and check that they look OK. Then it's back to the Quilt Cave to sew them together. Mereth's suggested solution is to build an annexe to the shed for my sewing room, but I need a bit of a break before I tackle another major building project.
My Mitchell St blocks are piling up now, they do go together quickly once all the units are made.
I'm a bit disappointed in my fabric choices, I seem to always go for the safe option, which looks OK but predictable. To counteract that I've been dragging out all the wildly coloured, large print madders, and trying to use them to build a block around.
There is an article by Barbara Brackman on madder style prints here, and she also write an article for Quilter's Newsletter Magazine
I've torn the place apart trying to find the magazine in question, but I have no idea where it is. And I probably won't rest now until I find it. That sort of obsessiveness is tiring, when you find yourself going through yet another cupboard or drawer, convinced that you've remembered where you put it. False Memories are real, folks.
I'm going to make another 4 blocks for this quilt, and that should be enough, unless I decide that there are a few more fabric combinations that I just have to try. I will probably end up with extras, but they can just join the crowd in the orphan box.