Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New Ideas, New Year

I realize I haven't posted in a very long time but this last year has been a really hard one for me. I have finally been diagnosed with Fybromyalgia and the medication is helping so much.

With the lessening of pain comes more creative ideas and lately I have found that I am drawn to 1800 reproductions and the more primitive colors. I have ordered several new Civil War era fabrics online and I can't wait to get them. The colors will work so well with wool.

Another adventure that I can now accomplish, thanks to feeling better, is dyeing more wool. My daughter Jenny and I are going to completely redo my studio to accommodate dyeing. My Christmas gifts consisted of items needed to make dyeing much easier like a frying pan, utility sink, and cook tops. I already have everything else we need, except a lot more wool!

One designer I find so inspiring is Kim Diehl. Her color choices and fabrics are so appealing to  me.
Simple Graces , Kim's latest book, was the first book of hers that I purchased. I love everything about it. So much so, that I'm purchased two others.

Just look at the Bear Paws in this quilt. Who would have thought....Oh, Kim did!  I love he use of color, applique and piecing in her quilts. Kim Diehl is absolutely my favorite designer...right now anyway!

I am so very excited about the designs in my head for Woolin Rouge and the fact that I can actually feel like doing something with my ideas. Traci and I have some great designs coming so watch out 2012, here we come!