Yesterday I went to my scrap fabric basket. I rarely go there to take stuff OUT; usually it is to stuff more scraps and then quickly jam the top on and shove it back under the shelf so it will stay (somewhat) closed.
Not today. Today is a day I decided to do a withdrawal and see what I can come up with.
My idea of original design can be rather far fetched. Most people I know, when they decide to make an original quilt, get out the drafting paper, pencils, rulers and colored pencils. Not me.
I get out the scraps. No pencils, paper or colored pencils for me! That isn't because I dont think all that work is a waste of time; it is because I have never learned HOW to draft on paper.
So I use my floor. And Winsten helps, too, as you will see further on down.
I don't put up my big design wall because the cats always pull fabrics off it and then try to climb it. The floor is much easier!
I begin with a general idea in my head as to what colors I feel like using. Then I grab all those colors out of the scrap basket and put them aside.
If I find blocks or stips that were sewn but never used, I put them off to the side too. It doesn't really matter what colors these are, because I have no idea where I am going at this point.
Then I start pulling the OPPOSITE of my "feature" color out and make a pile of those. Example, starting with red, I now haul out greens.
Now it is time to get SERIOUS! I grab a piece of my feature fabric, head for the cutting table, and cut one square. This is the beginning of a new quilt.
I frame that square, then the fun begins. I start placing other fabrics around the square, making little piles all around it.
This is where my "what if" brain starts checking in.
"What if I put this one THERE, then put these OVER HERE?"
Slice, stitch, place, rearrange, and grab the next one.
I piece together small sections, then decide where they should go, or where they will fit, and stitch them together.
I like what I am seeing, and continue to add "rows" to each other, enjoying the process very much.
And so it goes.
With this last photo, I will leave you curious as to the outcome of the quilt. this is because this is how far I have gotten so far.
This is to be a very special quilt for a very special lady. When I finish the quilt, I will tell you all about this lady, and how she has impacted so very many lives. It will be a story you will never forget, I guarantee it!
So that's what is going on in my world these days.
I sneak in my walks when my back and knees begin to protest about too much time crouching and crawling all over the floor. My DH reminds me to eat. Winsten lets me know when we have been working long enough, and now it is time to play a little.
The catty girls? They fall asleep among the scraps.
Time to get off the computer and back on the floor.
Just remember, Dear Friends, that all quilts are made one block or strip at a time, and if we take it slow and steady, a true work of love will emerge!