When I first made blocks for my Skinny Logs in 2005, I used my gorgeous almost solid fabrics cut in 1.25" strips. Those are the blocks that ended up in Orphan Train - you can see some of them in this pic with Lily's behind.
Well this go round I'm cutting the strips 1" wide (yes, you read that correctly) and I'm mainly using fabric that I dislike or has been in the stash too long. I LOVE how the almost solids look, but it makes me cry to use them up - heck, half of each strip will go into the seam allowance on this puppy. So this is my opportunity to make some headway into that pile of not-so-beloved fabrics. Here is Lily auditioning:
As I'm cutting my tiny strips, I'm also cutting wider and angled strips and bits and throwing them into my new scrap bin. I really do love some of these fabrics, but I hate the feel of some of the roughly-textured ones and some of these fabrics are so wildly patterned that they're hard to use. In they go. Plus my tastes have just plain changed. I'll play out of this bin for some of my upcoming projects.
I'm definitely noticing that I have sooo many more dark and medium fabrics than lights. I know that's a common tendency among some quilters, but I'm especially guilty of it. It's very noticeable in my current stacks. I'm going to have to use some of my still-in-favor pinks and turquoises so this whole quilt won't be gloomy and doomy.
Quilting continues on Orphan Train. Look, I've got my name done.
Bibi crawled up into my lap the other night as I was quilting. Big lug just wants attention.
Pokey, me, and Bibi:
Before I forget, let me say thanks to all who responded to the question in my last post. I've decided to go with my lazy inclination and leave Joyeux Noel border-free. But it really helped to know that many of you prefered it that way and I wasn't ruining the quilt by leaving it incomplete.
Howler and Habibi enjoying the sunshine, as well as the heat from the radiator: