So….I have this idea….and ideas can be dangerous!
But this idea wouldn’t leave me alone, and it even kept me from getting much of a nap yesterday afternoon as the idea turned and turned and turned in my head.
It all starts with a project I started sewing last fall and through the winter as a "to go" project.
A gazillion four-patches were finding their way into ANOTHER idea that just wasn’t working quite right.
My background was too dark.
My main design was lost because the background was busy, and so were the block parts.
I started here.
The red was too dark up against the blocks so I added the white strips. Still too dark. Not liking it.
It has sat for a couple of months in the time-out box.
My thought was to go to the neutrals, after exhausting every other color possibility as a string pieced background, but I HAVE quilts for the next book down the pipeline that have neutral backgrounds as it is. I need something different. Something I’ve not done before. Something to add variety to the book.
Pulling out the “brown paper bag” and darker!
I’ve been keeping scrappy neutral backgrounds lighter these days with more white and less mud. This leaves me with all of these “too dark to be light” strips that need to find their way into a project to make them GONE. You know the colors…a bit darker than a paper bag, more towards caramel, more towards mocha, not dark dark, and not much color in them, but spicy and warm tones.
I started piecing while watching a movie.
This kind of piecing makes a mess and I'm happy to play in it!
I think I’m going to like this.
Like a sandy beach!
I can see my block design, and it’s not on stark white! I did end up putting the white strips up next to the center because it gave a place for seam allowances (and there are many) to land.
I even thought this?
The red ones are coming off, and I will do the brown paper bag/sand color for the quilt background. It’s just that much different. And I like it. And I'm happy to see these darker strips that have lingered in the stash find a place where they can be happy.
This is for the next book, or it may appear in a Quiltmaker issue, so stay tuned and I’ll let you know when and if it is available after it becomes what it wants. I’m still in the design phase.
But right now all I want to do is sew some more, and I have an appointment with my retinal specialist to check on the dreaded MacTel 2 and see how it is progressing, which I hope it isn’t.
It’s likely that you’ll find me back at my machine by this evening, sewing things that are not quite neutral, and not quite all the way to brown.
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
It is okay to change your mind about things you once thought you never would. We were never put here to stay in the same place.
Gorgeous applique quilt shared by Mary during our workshops in Moline, Illinois this past weekend. Made by a family member, it is dated 1856.
It’s good to be home. Happy Thursday, everyone!