You might call this busy.
I say it's happy.
I like happy!
Design On the Fly
I like not knowing exactly where a quilt will wind up. Also, I'm honest to a fault about my work, and believe wholeheartedly in showing you the process. It makes me feel very human when someone else shows their me their struggle to design, and I assume I'm not alone. Unless you're following a well tested pattern, there are lots of little roadblocks to work through. Rarely it works like you planned it, but the whole creative process with changes and all is very liberating. It's not really improvisational quilting, or improv. It's more 'design on the fly'.
What's the most exciting part? I know when I'm on the right path because it stops me in my tracks. Sometimes I get truth bumps, and sometimes tears in my eyes. It's the high I'm after.
The plan on paper involved many triangles. I worked. I figured. I became very frustrated with the math. I knew how easy it would be to screw it up, and I revised my plan. (Yes, I even have EQ7, and it could have done the math for me, but it didn't feel right.) I decided to start with a piano key border, and work outward.
I've done mitered borders many times before, but it's worth saying they function the same as making HST. You must piece together strips that are longer and wider than your border width to have room for your seam. Trimming them takes common sense, and mine seemed to be missing yesterday as I figured it all out again.
Most of the fabrics in the quilt have come from a fat quarter bundle, and solids. There were a few others added, but I felt strongly it needed some more traditional fabrics. The top piece came out of my vintage stash, and the bottom stripe is more recent. Colorwise I knew I was on the right track, but unfortunately neither contained enough yardage for borders. A trip to my FLQS was in order.
The top 3 were a good buy on sale, and the bottom 2 safe bets. If they aren't bound for this quilt, they're still my style.
Forever on the lookout for the perfect marking pencil, I saw these displayed by the cutting counters. The brand is General, and a quick check online brought up all favorable reviews. An assortment of colors and a new leather thimble put me on the road home a contented quilter. I'll let you know how they work for me next time we meet here.
Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.