Field Trip!

I was reading Anna Maria Horner‘s blog the other day, drooling over her upcoming Chocolate Lollipop line. Anyway, it somehow led to me looking for fabric sources and I ended up at the web site of a local quilting store.

I’ve known about this place for years. I used to drive past its previous location twice a day — on my way to and from work — and last year I cursed it for buying the building of the best comic store I’ve ever shopped. And yet it never crossed my mind to actually, you know, go there and shop for fabric. I guess part of it was the image I had of quilt shops (musty, dusty, full of old ladies and old lady fabrics). I stand corrected!

Were I not accompanied by the 2-year-old, I would have spent much longer in there. Like, the whole day. As it is, I spent about 30 minutes picking out two fabrics (and realized around minute 25 that I’d left at home the fabric I needed to match for another project). I’m looking forward to my return trip this weekend, although I’ll need to practice some restraint. OK, a lot of restraint! ha ha ha ha!

My big challenge remains finding the time to sew. Heck, I don’t even have time to clean my house. I’m determined to carve out some one-on-one time with my stash and machines this weekend, though.  I’m especially eager to work with some gorgeous Euro fabric I bought from Fabric Hound. There’s an outfit in a back issue of Ottobre that I think suits it perfectly.

Attack of the Fontaholic

I was reading Melissa’s Buzz Off yesterday and found these gorgeous alphabet blocks. I’m such a font junkie that it really took a lot to not order them, even at $100 for the set.

I love the color and the concept but mostly I love the letter forms. Just look at them: the taper of each spiral and curve, the graceful shape of each straight line — not too light or too heavy.

My love affair with type goes back decades, literally. I was obsessed with fonts when I as in high school and that only grew when I became a graphic designer. Between my two laptops, I have thousands of fonts — more than I can keep loaded on my computer. I just can’t help myself!

I’m a huge fan of serif faces. I probably use Hoefler more than just about anything but I also like Caslon, when it works with the project. Of course, I have a soft spot for scripts, too. Poetica with all of its ornamentals can keep me entertained for hours!