It has been such a nice sunny day today and, for the first time in a long time, I have been able to spend most of the day working on my newest quilt. This is another for the green line show and uses the little 2" blocks I showed the other day. I am happy with the way it is progressing, but I had one unpleasant surprise. I discovered that the dark browny-green fabric I used for the top section seems to be a polyester blend. Ugh. I grabbed it at Jo-Ann's the other day because it was just the color I wanted. It was in the quilting department so I assumed it was 100% cotton, without checking the label. As I was quilting that area I became suspicious. Polyester gets unpleasantly poofy when quilted and doesn't sink as nicely into the stitching as cotton. I did a burn test and confirmed my suspicions. It is really too late to change it out easily, so I think I will live with it and learn my lesson about reading labels. I am really loving those greens though. Makes me think of spring.
There has been a way-too-long conversation about Jo-Ann's fabrics going on the QuiltArt list. It seems they made a decision to not sell a quilt magazine with racy quilts in it. Such silliness, but really Jo-Ann's is a silly, junky store. I'll probably go back because it is convenient, but I hate the place and should support the nice local stores instead. Polyester in the quilting department—that's just wrong.
A friend of my son posted this little video on Facebook. It is an amusing ode to my favorite store and though not filmed at my local Trader Joe's, which does not sell liquor, it all looks very familiar, right down to the too small parking lot.