A few weekends ago I wrapped up my work for the day, and decided I had earned some play time. Playing with blocks is my favorite creative outlet as a quilter. Drawing things out on paper or the computer is good, but physically handling fabric is far more therapeutic and inspiring.
This freestyle block has been on my Quilter's Bucket List for some time. I've successfully sewn curves, but not curvy blocks. So, I pulled out my solid scrap strips and started. It wasn't far into the project before I realized their enormous potential.
Up they went on the design wall, and out came fabric samples to pair with them. I favor slow design. I like to throw things together, and walk by them for a few days. I wait to see if I still get excited, or can think of a way to make it better.
I add and subtract. I fall in and out of love with it. If there's something I really like about it, I'll pull that element out entirely to see if it still holds up. In short, I'm ruthless. It's an amazing process to visualize how so many fabrics could work, but even more when you know you've found one better. At this point, I go to paper and colored pencils, and lay down the ground rules.
More experimentation with how I might produce blocks faster. I decided the stack and whack method made blocks too much alike.
My most recent weekend of hand dyeing fabrics turned out this palette. While mixing and matching swatches, I had to throw down some blocks to see how they might work.
Yes, I could see another possible
quilt take shape in front of me!
The last few days of staring at the previous fabrics had me back in my stash digging again. I spotted my Moda Grunge, and would you believe I had stashed all the same shades as the above prints? (Hey, could this be my favorite color range?) The Grunge was a winner.
And, at last, I did some thread shopping yesterday while on a road trip. I laid them out this morning to snap a picture, and realized I'd repeated a lot of the colors once again. The missing ones, just so you know, are already in my thread stash.
This piece is begging to be made, and it's only right I link it up with Red Letter Quilts 'One Monthly Goal'. I'll have it done by the end of April.
Remember to plan your project for #BraveQuilter, and link up here before Sunday, April 10th.
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