I love sewing, there’s no denying that. As I approach three years of quilting, my stitching schedule is busier than I would ever have imagined when I started on a toy-sized machine in 2012. Now, don’t get me wrong, I thrive on the pressure. Eleventh hour deadlines fuel my creativity, whether they’re for magazine commissions, Sizzix projects or Quilt Monkey episodes. I love how far my quilting has been pushed and am grateful for all the opportunities that come my way.
That said, there are times I find myself pushing projects or ideas to the back burner because they’re not on the to-do list. I sometimes feel pangs of quilt guilt whenever I work on something that isn’t in my diary; spontaneous ideas that more often than not remain unrealised due to my ever-demanding time constraints.
A few days ago, I ventured to the attic to pattern write and found myself sat at the machine and sewing scraps together far before I’d reached for a pen. I guess this was my mind’s way of telling me I should be a little selfish. Well, I’m so glad I was. I loved it! It was so freeing! I had no idea what I was going to end up with or what fabrics I would use. I had no measurements, sketches or notes to work from. I looked at my out-of-control scraps, took a hand full of neutrals, threw in some teal and aqua (which are the most numerous of the scraps and seem to breed in the small hours of the morning) and with a full bobbin, put my foot to the floor! Sewing, slashing and pressing, it was clear that my mind was taking me on a wonky cross journey; a block I’d long admired but never made, due to my, yep you guessed it, lack of time. The process was so quick, what with chain piecing and mass pressing, that I had a dozen randomly sized blocks finished in about an hour.
I’ve decided to add to this project as and when I can. I’m going to stick with the colour scheme, make them oddly sized and fit them all together at the end. I thinking big, like king sized big, if only to make a real dent in the scraps situation. I love the variation that the improv piecing creates, with long and thin as well as fat and squat crosses. There’s no discrimination here! The scrappy, low volume background really makes the colours pop and the addition of some linen and calico adds great texture.
I can’t wait to work on this a little more. I’ll keep you all posted!