I haven't had a lot of sewing/quilting time so far this week. I have the giant green dye order to focus on. But I've had some time in the evenings to do a little prep work.
I'm planning 2 projects. One will use the pastel fabrics from this post. I've looked at my options for the second quilt and I've decided that it's time to deal with some ugly fabrics. So from here on the two projects will be called the "pretty quilt" and the "ugly quilt". Whether or not the ugly quilt will be ugly will only be known in a few months. But the fabrics are quite ugly and if I start off calling it the ugly quilt and it really is ugly then no one will be surprised.
Here are the "background" half of the fabrics. You know that I've been working on developing my own black dye recipe for months. All of these fabrics were from that testing and I needed to either do somethign with them or put them away. You can tell that it took me a long time and a lot of recipes to get my black. These are the rejects and range from blues to greens to browns to purples; all dark. I've got almost 10 yards worth of these.
For the other half of the quilt I was going to use the fabrics in my general scrap basket but after looking at it I didn't think I had enough variety there so I went through my "waste" fabrics that are left over from when I dye gradients. I have so many of these strips! I decided to go through and pick out all of the "ugly" ones where the colors are the most textured. I have 60 of them starched and ready to cut. You can hardly tell that I've taken any from the stash so there are many more quilts in there.
Looks like the ugly quilt will be a big one. Friday when we officially kick off the project I'll share a general layout of how I see this quilt developing.
In other news, I have more humor to add to my April saga. So far we have root canal, dental crown, new TV, new dryer, 2 new refrigerators and a car repair. I thought I was done but no, I get to have another root canal! Can you believe it? I've never had one before and now 2 in one month. I started having some pain in my upper jaw a few days ago (actually it's been off and on for a long time and I've been attributing to sinus pain). Today I stuck my finger back there and felt some tenderness in my gum so I know something was up. Fortunately I was able to see my dentist today (I hate it when the dentist recognizes me, it means we see too much fo each other) and now I have another root canal scheduled for next week. I guess my dairy allergy (and related lack of calcium) is catching up with me.
It really is funny at this point. Besides I have 3 friends going through some very serious and traumatic issues right now. I know that any of them would give anything to have my April instead of theirs. It's all about perspective. I'll happily go to the endodontist and be grateful that I can afford to pay for it but I hope the endodontist is as nice and accommodating about my allergies as my dentist is!