Yes, Baltimore is getting closer and closer. February 21-23 to be precise.
I awake in the morning planning the next quilt I have to make. How will it look in my booth? Is it like anything else I have? I sketch out the idea. Know it will be great. Know that unless there are too many snow storms I should be able to get it done. Finish just a few things first to clear the desk.
And then it occurs to me. What if I make something else instead? One with seemingly random blocks of color. Hmm. That would be fun. I don't know for sure what this will look like. That intrigues me.
Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock.
Well it is a concept I have played with for years. The first one was when I had just met my DH. I didn't have my studio then and instead was working in a downstairs room. Yes, I had two kittens. What fun they thought it would be to climb the design wall and knock all the carefully arranged "random" blocks off the board. Oh I was not happy. Random is so much harder than it looks. Last I heard that quilt is living in Colorado.
Then there was words for the dawn.
|words for the dawn--45x45"--Ann Brauer|
OK. There is no time to think. After all Baltimore is coming soon. Tick. Tock. Why waste the time planning? Worrying if it is the right quilt to make? It is a quilt I have been dreaming about for more than 20 years, isn't it?
So I pin fabrics up onto the wall. This is how I often sketch out a quilt.
An interesting arrangement. I think in the end it will be hung horizontally but I don't have to worry about that now do I?
Instead I start piecing. Make what I know. Hope the rest will come to me as I sew. After all there are lots and lots of seams to sew.
Not bad. I keep going.
Yes, this is getting interesting. Add another block.
I am on a roll. Oh I love this feeling. Can I figure out how to recreate the dance of the butterflies? Hmm. I look through my fabrics. Not colors or patterns that I tend to choose. Yes, I could drive into the fabric store and get that fabric that started the whole thing but that takes time. Instead I pull out those that might work and try it. Why not?
Yes, this could work. Not sure about the greens yet. Really feel clueless about the off white. Should I redo the black. Is it too dark? How do I join it together? I have a couple of ideas. I think my usual method may be a bit cluncky. I will have to see.
I still don't know if it will work. Am I wasting time before Baltimore? Taking too much of a risk? Or is this exciting part of creation? What do you think? Does this happen to you?
And will I see at least some of you at the Baltimore show? For tickets and more information:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-american-craft-council-show-in-baltimore-tickets-8022827493 and using this code BWI2014GUEST.