Monday, October 10, 2011
Here's a project I started working on at retreat last week. I'd been wanting to do some improvisational piecing, and had in mind a video I'd watched on Design Matters TV where Edwina Mackinnon demonstrated her "cut and come again" technique for making a whole bunch of small pieced blocks. A while back, I stumbled onto a bin of Hoffman solid cottons on sale, so I selected some colors for this purpose. I don't think I've sewn with solid colors since the 1980s when I was making Amish quilts. But what can I say -- they called to me. A retreat day to piece while chatting with friends seemed the perfect setting for this project.
So away I went. And I must say, I really enjoyed doing these. It was very fun, developing each little composition in a 4.5 inch block. No surprise -- the blocks I liked the best were usually the simplest ones. Some of them would be great larger quilts -- maybe you'll see that in the future!
In any event, by the end of the day I'd sewn over 100 blocks and I figured that was enough. I've been arranging and rearranging them on my design wall-- such fun possibilities -- but I liked the look of aligning the striped lines and I keep thinking about the San Andreas fault as I work on this so it will probably end up with some sort of earthquakey title!
The blocks are now sewn together, I know what I want the borders to look like, and I'll incorporate some hand-stitching in this, too.
Considering that this is all improvising -- moving forward without a plan or mental vision of where I want it to go, this process has felt good.