Searching for a new direction

had me stumped until I realized that I needed to clear off my studio space, the cutting table and ironing table.  Step 2 ~ pull out some fabrics and just do something.  Anything.  In cleaning up my space, putting away some blocks that didn't work with a previous quilt top, I thought to see what I could do with these quarter square blocks.  Got them placed on my design wall and thought, so blah! 

Step 3 ~ sew the blocks together into rows.  Step 4 ~ cut 'em up into random widths.  What could I lose, right?  

Blah Meh! Yuk! Now what?  Check out my Pinterest boards for inspiration, where I found plenty.
One being Adolph Fleischmann. Especially his paintings with stripes of colors within an oval shape.  Step 5 ~ sketch some ideas with ovals or circles.  Something that I rarely do, as I normally go improving on my way.  Step 6 ~ add colors to the sketch.  Another rarity.  Step 7 ~ make more quarter square blocks in other colors. Sew them together and cut 'em up.  Which resulted in this.  

Today I began sewing these strips together.  While doing so, I made notes to self.  If I decide to try something like this again, remember to incorporate seam allowances in the design.  And perhaps cut the strips in one size rather than random sizes.  That would certainly make for ease of assembly.  As is normal for me,  I don't stop to think it all through.  Why make it easy when I can make it difficult.  
However, it will be interesting to see the final composition once all those seam allowances reconfigure my original shapes.  

Let's make 2018 great. 


  1. Oh wow Mary, what a rich tapestry of color and texture! From meh to marvelous!
    Happy new year!

    1. Thanks Chris. Sometimes I'm not even sure how it happens. A very Happy New Year to you and yours.

  2. Oh, how I relate to that "why make it easy when I can make it difficult"! But I guess we do not own our brain and the way it works.
    Seam allowances or not, that piece is looking gorgeous, inspiring and marykeaslering.
    Happy New Year!

    1. Ha Ha, Angela! Thank you and thanks for the new term. marykeaslering ~ cracked me up. Now as I am sewing it together, it is becoming an oval rather than more roundish. And I like that even better.
      Happy New Year to you!

  3. Absolutely love this Mary. Can't wait for the finished top. What a great way to begin 2018.

    1. Hi Barb! So good to hear from you again. Thanks for the good words of encouragement. Would love to see what you are creating these days.
      Happy New Year

  4. What an eye catcher!! I really like it. I'm eager to see the end results!!!
    Happy New Year!!!


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