Deciding to begin with the most difficult sections seems to have been a good idea on my part. I wanted to be certain that the teeny pieces would have the desired effect. And be worth the effort. Try as I might, I just could not come up with a more simple pattern. I am certain that Ruth McDowell could easily simplify it. If she saw what I was doing, she would likely run screaming from her computer. I also opted, rather than use all commercial prints, stripes, dots, etc, as I normally love doing, it was time to cut into all those hand dyed fabrics that I created last summer. This would give a different look to the piece.
Working on the first section, I had serious doubts.
The next section, I am thinking that maybe this was not a such good pattern after all.
Stressing out over values and selecting just the perfect color was another issue. I had to constantly remind myself that I was not striving
for a photographic image,
but an interpretation using geometric shapes.
(You should see all the post it notes covering the ironing surface, my machine and the design wall. Being of a "certain" age seems to bring on a dependency on such items.)
|is that pathetic or what|
A few days later and I have pressed on and I am thinking that it could be worth the effort.
So here we are. Some on the tiny pieces have been sewn together. Which is not what I normally do. Since they are not much bigger than my little finger nail, I was afraid they would get lost in the shuffle. So why not go ahead and stitch them up. If one of these little sections doesn't look quite right, I can always remake it. Once I have all of my small sections made, then I will sew them into larger sections. When all the sections are sewn together,
it should be about 76" X 60".
Unless . . . . . .
I only use half of the pattern for this piece and save the other half for another quilt.
Or it could even become a triptych.
Three small quilts rather than one large quilt.
Oh the options.
I am now thinking that as the larger sections are sewn together
Ms. Lantana will look even better.
Methinks that these sunny colors are just the anticdote for rainy day blues.
I keep forgetting how nice it is to sit down and write myself right through the angst of the unknown. Gotta put up a post-it note for that too!