I had a few emails from quilters surprised by my fabric choices in the quilts I'm working on right now. No, I have not abandoned using reproduction prints but during the summer I tend to use brighter or clearer colors...and it isn't just a "fashion" thing.
One of the symptoms of my MS (not that I am possessive of my MS effects many people differently) is periodic eye problems...optic neuritis. Most of the time I have a warning that it is starting - extreme pain. Sometimes it just sorts of slips in and the vision in my left eye gets wonky...maybe I miss a few steps on the stairs or run in to a door. When it is "full blown" I have partial color-blindness. For instance the bottom of this pile of red fabrics I am pretty confident about but as you move to the top it becomes very grey...even though I know it is not! (The good news is this all either resolves on its own or I can get a steroid treatment that makes it resolve quickly...)
Heat is one of the triggers to an MS episode. So the heat wave the past few weeks have left me pretty much housebound. This can lead to lots of quilting. I do hate being housebound though and even the few ventures out brought on the optic neuritis...
So I put aside some of the project I was working on (sprigs and stars, Tennessee checkerboard, and 1908 Halloween) and opted for playing in the pastel piles. The clearer colors are easier for me to see correctly. Also I "know" these fabrics...besides I'm doing random scrappy so it is hard to go wrong.
Most of the things I'm working on right now are just play pieces. Blocks I was curious about trying like a solid Aunt Mary's Double Irish Chain ...yes, solids are more of challenge for me right not but it is perhaps the best organized part of my fabric stash!
or a mixed (solids and prints) Irish Chain...
or donation quilt for AQI that would use up some orphan blocks (I think this needs more dots...it is nod to one posted on facebook.)
Often when I am on internet blogs or other quilt sites there may be a quilt that the construction is interesting. Drafting them can be as good for the brain as a pile of Sudoku puzzles! If you make them in doll, baby quilt, or table runner size then it isn't a huge commitment of time or fabric to test out the blocks.
Last week I saw an antique quilt made with a quarter log cabin. What intrigued me was the strong horizontal design. I tried making the blocks emphasizing the horizontal even more by doing a rainbow (my DH calls it clown colors!) The blocks are 4inches finished so it will be small. I'm working on an interesting border for this....
This was only a half day's work. Not a big commitment. Should finish it today. It has kept me busy and in the air conditioning so maybe in a few days I'll be able to work with my repro fabrics again.