Have you ever started a new project only to find part way along it just wasn't coming together like you wanted? I started a scrappy strip star quilt, inspired by Gwen Marston's book Liberated String Quilts. I cut out a variety of pink and purple solids and batiks and happily started sewing. The star went together easily and then I faced the inset seams. Whoa. I faced that job with trepidation as it had been quite some time since I'd sewn seams like that. The first star was a bit rough with the ripping out of many seams while mumbling under my breath, but it finally came together. The second star went together much easier and I pinned them up on my studio wall. But-they didn't inspire me-and instead they bored me. Drat. So I left them to sit there while I thought about how I could change them for the better. Which meant more thinking while pedaling along....
It was serendipitous that I was reading Rayna Gillman's book, Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts. I read with fascination about her working methods which were quite new to me. Not think about matching? Not stress about color? Wow. I liked her ideas and how free she was to just mix things up. Her idea of throwing fabric strips in a paper bag and then pulling them out to make random strip sets sounded like such a freeing way to piece.
And then I knew what I wanted with my strippy star quilt-more variety in the colors and fewer light valued fabrics. So I cut strips out of acid green, moss green, turquoise, orange, and all sorts of bright yellows. Okay, I have to admit that when I first started sewing the strips a little voice said to me, "they don't match." I had to ignore that voice in order to press on, and I'm glad that I did. I just finished one star and I like it oh, so much better! Thanks, Rayna, for opening my eyes to a new way of approaching color!!
I have one star finished and now I have the drive to make the other three blocks :-) I'm going to name this quilt Free To Be Me.
While I was pondering how to fix/change the strippy stars, I decided to sew two pillow shams for my bed to go with the lady of the lake quilt. I had been reading Sunday Morning Quilts, written by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison, which made me think of using the slab method of creating the sham. I pulled out various blue and green strips that I had on hand and started sewing. When I achieved the size that I wanted, I pulled out some wool batting leftover from the quilt and hand quilted the piece. I still need to sew the back on, but this is how it looks so far.
More polka dotted baby quilts are heading out the door to the women's/children's shelter in town and I will drop them off while I'm cycling along the Boise River. I was thrifting the other day, and you guessed it, I came across more cotton polka dot sheets that came home with me. I guess the pressure on those closet doors isn't going to abate any time soon....
One day I felt like some quick sewing, so I created a textile postcard to mail out in order to brighten someone's day. They really are addictive to make!
I realize that I haven't talked about fiber or spinning in quite some time. I've been knitting socks in the evenings (of course!!) and I alternate that with hand carding rolags. I've been creating rolags from a combination of kid mohair and Cormo that I dyed with turquoise and bright blue acid dyes last year. I will be spinning these on my canary wood/ebony spindle that Marshall created for me, with the thought of making enough yarn for a special hat, scarf and mitten set to go with a new bright turquoise down vest that I just bought :-)
The trees are turning and it's such a lovely time of year, don't you think? I think that there will be snow up on Bogus soon!
Here's hoping that you have time for fiber/fabric today,