Remember a few weeks back when I talked about the strike of inspiration that came from a Marvel comic? Well, yesterday scraps were flying through the attic as I grabbed and sewed improv-style. Even the dog wasn’t safe from the cascade of confetti that fell from the cutting mat. I thought I’d start with The Incredible Hulk, thinking I get the most bang-for-my-buck in terms of scrap usage. I mean, have you seen the size of that angry doctor?
To say I went at this without any sort of plan would be a lie. I had the vaguest idea what I wanted to achieve, that was, take random scraps and sew them all together, without care or worry about size or straight seams. I really wanted to let myself go, lucky-dipping into the scrap box to choose the next piece. I forbade myself from using anything from stash. If a scrap was too big, I sliced it in half; if it was too small, I added it to something else. This liberating style of piecing is something I used when making the dinosaur quit, only this time there was no solid sashing, just blocks of uninterrupted colour. Finished block size? Didn’t have a clue! I just added and trimmed until it “felt” right.
I tried to vary the piecing, sometimes sewing strips together, other times making small 4-patch blocks and adding a border to one or all the sides. There were no rules, which made the process all the more enjoyable. After a few more additions today, I think the first block is done. But who knows? A week down the line might see this Hulk block double in size. I’m still leaning towards the idea of setting these blocks in a neutral background, perhaps a grey or black linen mix, something that will really set off the bright colours of Marvel.