Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Thinking Out Loud
I hate working to deadline but I'm fast procrastinating myself into the kind of corner I detest most--one of my own making.
I'm taking part in a challenge through the Milwaukee Art Quilters. It's a grab bag challenge--participants exchanged brown paper bags of fabrics, scraps, and threads. The idea was to use 50% of the contents in the making of a quilt, due completed at the September 8 meeting. I got moving with an idea during the spring and my top has been pieced since June. And there's where all meaningful activity ceased.
I knew there were some significant areas of solid black, an opportunity for some showy quilting. I had the idea to do some feathers and vine-y shapes. Could be interesting.... But this would involve marking and measuring. And I'm getting lazier by the day. So I procrastinated.
Tonight I decided I HAD to get moving; at least develop a plan. So I played with a flexible curve and some leafy shapes.
I sketched a bit and then decided it's just not the look I want. Too traditional and static and prosaic. I don't want to dip any feet into traditional quilting designs with this piece. And mostly I don't want to mark for quilting.
I dragged out some old Visions books for inspiration
(although it's pretty sparse quilting in some of those) and decided I'll take my cue from the jutting angles of the piecing and wing some angular stitching, kind of echo-y, kind of not.
I have rayon threads in a couple shades of green and a great variegated purple. I'm liking this and I think I can work with it, and work relatively quickly.
Bottom line--I can procrastinate a bit more. And that's good because this upcoming will be a craaaazy weekend, with Caro and her fiance visiting, a wedding to attend, and a party to host here. Once all this is out of the way, I'll get down to business. I promise.