One of my favorite songs on Red Hot + Blue is “Too Darn Hot”. And that’s what it was… HOT!

After going to many a home decorating and improvement store for ideas on the new house, we came home to a sweltering office, and it was too hot to think about dragging out fabric and firing up the sewing machine. DH said I should sew downstairs….Duh! Much better. And the dining room table was very stable to sew on.

The quilt itself is “stolen” from Ethan Allen, except I have these funky cool deco fabrics that I made my yo-yos out of. I also used the new “yo-yo” maker by Clover, snagged at the recent International Quilt Festival in Chicago. Very fun, easy to use, and FAST! These 9 yo-yos took less than a half hour.

I love yo-yos. I make lots of flowers from yo-yos and think they are “whimsical”. But Angela from Project Runway ruined the modern yo-yo, by slapping it all over her designs. Oh, and she called them “fleurchons”. WTF? No really! WTF? Did she make them in the same color as the fabric, basically hiding them as a dimensional detail? no. She did not. No sir. I’m all for having a signature item to set yourself apart, like Uli did with braided fabric, but the yo-yo looked tacky on couture. Quilters everywhere were hoping that she could make it with the big designers, a “crafter” gone big time. Quilts were everywhere in her designs. Including the yo-yo. They could have had a tasteful comeback, and now they’re relegated back to 1930’s replica quilts and the bubblegum pink and green retro fad. So enjoy my “fleurchon” weekly quilt.

The new sewing room is my new fantasy… I dream of all the bins, tables, storage and display possibilities I can have. I’m also looking forward to blogging the process, and more of my daily works too. Everything will free up once the house is signed for. I can’t wait!