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Christmas in February

A few days ago I received a wonderful gift of fabric. Five big boxes of it! I've done a quick look threw the boxes but not gotten it all out and sorted it yet. I'll have to wait for the weekend for that. It is such a treasure trove of wonders. I'm sure it will prompt me to design new things.\

When I buy fabric I tend to buy the same color families and types. Anyone who's seen my stash knows I've gone wild with oriental fabrics. My favorite fabrics are things I l love to look at when I'm sewing and afterwards. I like to look at them even when they are just laying on the shelf. But when some ones gives me fabric it's sometimes a bit out of my normal scheme and I'm always glad of this cause it gets your design brain working in new directions.  My friend Paula turned me on to the 30's fabrics which I am now very fond of, wandering away from my favorite earth tones. The influence of your quilting buddies widens your outlook on fabric. I started collecting civil war prints a while back and I'm just about finished making my first wall hanging from it.

Another thing that influences my designs is the art I look at. I recently was on line looking at the art work of Gustav Klimt which I've admired for many years. Now thou since I've been quilting I want to try to reproduce one of his painting as a wall-hanging. His Tree of Life painting just amazes me and to think about doing it in fabric would be a challenge, but well worth the effort. I'd also love to try The Kiss as a wall-hanging. Like most quilters I've got lots of plans, and not enough time to make all the quilts I want to. There is just never enough time to sew as much as you want. You do have to spend some of your time buying quilting books and of course fabric.

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