I have been in serious pillow production lately. Part of it was spurred on by the new fabrics I've made and my desire to not just sell them, but get to play with them too.
And part of it has been fueled by a custom order I've been working on. This customer really liked the idea of mixing commercial fabrics with my hand dyes, but she had certain designers in mind and a specific palette. When I went to quilt festival, I bought some of the fabrics for her pillows and supplemented those with a few internet purchases. All the fabrics were new to me. I'd never bought or used them before. This turned out to be a great thing. By having a shopping list created by someone else, I was forced to look, think, cut and sew with fabrics that I might not have chosen on my own. I also discovered designers that I wasn't already familiar with...and found that I liked their work.
I still discharged some of the fabrics. I still blended in my own hand dyed and batik material. But it all seemed to feel a wee bit newer and fresher. And it spurred new ideas and possibilities.
And there's more to come...