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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Pushing past intimidation

When I came up with this challenge, it was because I wanted to work within a limited palette, and try something that was sort of like a Gee's Bend style quilt.  Then fear set in.  What made me think I could pull this off?  I found a palette I really liked and wanted to work with.  I pulled some fabrics from my stash.  Look at that fabulous Kaffe shot cotton red/orange.  There are a couple of grey fabrics I won online.  There are a couple of fabrics from thrift store garments, and a couple of pieces of batik.  They sat on the table staring at me for a while, totally intimidating me.
Then, I decided to start tearing strips.  That's right, tearing.  Not cutting.  Not slicing,  Just ripping from a small clip to the end of the fabric.  I am not sure if this will make a difference in the final product, but I thought I would give it a try.  The torn strips sat in a nice pile for a few days while I pondered the next step.
I started out in log cabin fashion, then pieced a strip to add to one side.  Until I saw this up on the wall, I didn't realize how many stripes and dots I had.  I really need new glasses.  The dark is a really nice rich purple.
This start is about 11" x 13" at this point.  I think there will be more blocks like this joined by irregular strips.  I would like it to grow to lap quilt size.  So far, I am very happy with where it is going.  I am very happy I overcame the fear to just dive in. 

1 comment:

  1. This is really pretty cool. Your subconscious pulled those stripes and dots for you, I know!

    I am so bummed that now that I have the desire to do something, I can't. Leaving Monday! Aughhh!



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