When I look at what I like to work on now (colors and designs) it is sooo different from what I used to choose 10 or so years ago! It is like a total about-face! I know it is at least partly due to the growth of the industry and new designers, on top of the fact that I get the cream of the crop by working at Bear Patch. My early days of quilting had me choosing "country" colors and fabrics by Debbie Mumm and Thimbleberries. Dark blue, burgandy, gold, hunter green. Now I am loving these bright bold fabrics and combinations that don't really make sense but end up working together. This quilt, for example, is a big mix of totally unrelated fabrics that I have been collecting, mostly off the sale shelves (a big bonus working at the store is getting first dibs off sale bolts!). I am loving it!
This next picture is a closeup of a little flannel baby strip quilt that I quilted for a customer, it was fun to put a different design in each strip. It was such nice soft flannel to work with.
Some fun new pictures of my amazing kids! The sign Dan is sitting on is really tall, over 10', so in the summer you would need a ladder to get up there! He's wearing the Ashley shirt, green to fight lymphoma. And Brita and Dan at the beach after finishing a half marathon somewhere near San Diego. Sure makes California seem like the place to be!