Scene: You're relaxed--just falling asleep, and the images are flashing through your head. Some people might hear music, but my movie is a total run of images and color. One catches you, and you think, "I better not forget that."
Action: You roll over to grab your sketchbook that's always on your nightstand, and rough it out. You've recorded it because #1. It might not come again, and #2. It might ask someone else.
I've spent months reading everything I could find on creativity. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, (author of Eat, Pray, Love), was excellent. You might feel a few of her ideas border on corny or hokey, but it's an excellent read to consume in bites. Many ideas confirmed ones I've held, but this thought about an idea looking for someone to bring it to life was very interesting.
Do you know that several inventions have been developed across the world at the same time without all parties being aware of the other? Who invented the light bulb? The answer may surprise you.
I was talking to my friend, Beth, from Cooking Up Quilts the other day about this new direction I seemed to be pulled. I told her about the idea that was literally hounding me. She got quiet, and then said she had had nearly the same idea just recently, but with a slight modification. I'm not sure if her sketch was exactly mine, but we were close. The idea was out there for sure! I had to make it.
What do you do with your ideas?
I started by enlarging my notebook sketch on the printer. Then I taped it to the table, and covered it with freezer paper. I followed the same general lines, but extended it to about 18" x 30". I wasn't sure how this was going to work out.
I cut each piece out in sections, and ironed alternating bands onto scraps of Kona cotton. I started carefully by aligning the pattern with the grain of fabric, but by the end it was willy-nilly.
When I tried to iron them to the fusible web, I learned the value of labelling each section! It was chaotic. I also have a lot to learn about fusible web.
Each section was arranged on top of a foundation piece of Kona cotton, and I covered the whole piece with a large piece of parchment paper to protect my iron. I had a mess going with bits of fusible web stuck to the top side of pieces, too. When it was time to remove the freezer paper templates, a few bits of the fusible web had bonded with the paper, etc., etc. It was careful trimming, and lots of deep breathing.
There were some pieces that refused to bond, and it wasn't as precise as I would have have liked, but this was an experimental piece. I was okay with the imperfections.
Two scrap batting layers were used. A cotton on the bottom, and a poly-cotton blend on top to add puff and texture to the quilting. I'd never done that, but I'd read about it. I used Aurifil Invisible Thread to tack down all the vertical lines, then moved to the curves. In full disclosure, I was still messing with pieces that didn't want to bond. I tried my iron while the piece was in the longarm, and finally resorted to an Elmer's Glue Stick. Remember, it's all an experiment.
My HQ curved rulers got used for the first time, and you can see how that double batting layer is working.
There are many things I don't know how to do. You may have approached this project differently, and I would appreciate any of your ideas.
On the subject of creativity, and bringing our ideas to life: If it scares me a little, I'm on the right path.
Follow me on Instagram as PINKDOXIES. I hashtag these creative projects under #bravequilter #pinkdoxies. No guarantees on how this will turn out, but the process may lead us both to grow in another direction. Share your experiments!