It’s beginning to look a lot like . . .

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Are you kidding me? It’s not even “Christmas in July” and I’m sewing with CHRISTMAS fabrics? Maybe that will be a good contest next year–how soon will I touch Christmas fabrics after Christmas? I don’t think I sewed with even an iota of Christmas fabric last year. It’s just not my thing. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s lovely–I just don’t have ROOM for seasonal fabric and fabric-related items (e.g., quilts). It’s the same way with flannel. It’s not that I abhor flannel. It’s just too fluffy to fit in my stash (plus also, have you seen the way it latches on to dust and dog hair?) I just don’t do it as a rule.

But, I’ve had this darn cute pattern, Merry Go Round, from American Jane for a while and I do love me some hexagons and 60 degree triangles. Well, I don’t know what to say about the Christmas fabric. Who among you can turn away from a diagonal candy cane stripe? Doesn’t it just look like candy on the inside of the block?

Which brings me to a question…does anyone else hold onto great patterns forever and ever before committing them to fabric, if you will? I carry them around with me for years before I find fabric or a plan I feel is worthy of their greatness. Because, ya know, if you pick the WRONG fabric the first time, you certainly don’t want to make the pattern a second time after all the joy is gone from the first experience. Who’s with me? I know, it’s only me, isn’t it?

I have been thinking and thinking about the Japanese lanterns that Candy showed us. I even annoyed Poor Tired Husband by leaving the EQ5 box laying out by the computer for a very long time, occasionally rearranging it so it might be more easily noticed. Being Mac people, we must simulate a Windows environment which just seems wrong mainly because I hate listening to Bill Gates laugh and also makes things extra tedious to set up (and to set up again…). I ended up back with Illustrator and am working on some block patterns.

Other than these things, I’ve been doing some hand applique, some driving around construction to get anywhere, some watering of plants, some work, some making a detective bag a la Nancy Drew. This leads me to ask: HOW IS IT THE MIDDLE OF JULY?

On that note, the detective is visiting her grandparents out of state, so I’d better go do something frivolous like pop in a movie and sew some more. Darn, I’m fresh out of Christmas fabric until I go to work again. Better move on to the next agenda item.

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  1. I don’t carry patterns around with me but I have stacks of them. When I die my family will have to decide what to do with them. I am not getting rid of anything. I will hold out hope of finishing everything until my rotary cutter is pried from my cold, dead hands.

    I like the hexagons – a lot. Almost makes me want to try some.

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