If you follow other quilting blogs you have picked up on the theme.........we are busy. It is 1 month until the International Quilt Market in Salt Lake City where everyone will show their new patterns, quilts, fabrics and such. Crunch time. Blog posts have been sparse.
While we won't be going to Salt Lake City this time (we are already feeling separation anxiety) we still have bunches of stuff to do. Mackinac Island approaches fast. (Hey, you know we just heard the whole Grand Hotel is sold out for that weekend! All 358 rooms!) We are making class lists, plans, packing boxes of kits, all that and more.
Today, after the usual list of chores - I now have the afternoon to work on a future quilt plan. If you are anything like me.... I have to get rid of the chores, tidy up all the flat spaces (tables, counter tops, shelves, etc.) and then I sit and draw. The physical clutter has to move out as does the mental clutter. Now I have blank paper. Sometimes that's good, sometimes it's kind of intimidating.
Which brings me to what I am loving today - my vellum graph paper. Specifically, my 50 yard roll of 42" wide vellum graph paper. It's see through, traceable, and very eraser friendly.
I used to buy it singly, in big sheets at the local art supply store. It's kind of pricey. The local art supply store is not particularly user friendly. If you can get a parking space within one city block - you are really living right.
So, a couple of years ago I noticed they sold it by the roll. It was more than pricey. It seemed extravagant. But with a little math, it figured out much cheaper per foot than I was paying by the sheet. I bought it. It is a lifetime supply. It has turned from a guilty purchase to a wise one. It was the best thing I have ever bought. Need 90" to figure out an applique border - got it. Need to trace your drawing over and over again - with mirror images - got that too. I know now that when an idea strikes, I am prepared. I don't have to rely on the whimsical hours of the art supply store. The silly roll of paper has really helped me design.
Have you ever bought something that at first you thought was a mistake or was extravagant and later you learned to love it??
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