That is my way of thinking once I have a vision. I am steadfast on moving right along the course I have planned, but there are times when a design does not transpire the way I originally anticipated. This is especially true concerning the piecing aspect of my quilting. Gauging the amount of fabric required has been an issue for me in the past. Unfortunately, when I miss calculated the material needed, I needed to incorporate some major creativity in order to make the project work.
Case in point would by my Hula Hibiscus:
Originally I planned to use more of the color blue so that I would enhance the outer portions of the quilt. Obviously the end result was much different as I did not have enough blue and had to revise my plan of action!
Here is another example where I needed to abort the initial mission:
While producing the above small sample it became apparent that I did not have correct color thread. My intended goal was to match the thread to the background, well change of plans for this quilter! My color choice of thread then had to be altered to a shade that was similar, or kind of similar to the background. Again, not what I mentally manufactured for this design. Boy oh boy does thread choice make a difference! This little piece would appear completely different, if a blending thread had been used.
Regardless of the reason , sometimes being creative means revising again, and again, and again. It may not be that you have miscalculated the amount of fabric needed, or neglect to possess the correct thread color; it could simply be that mentally your vision is taking your design in a new direction. Whatever the reason, embrace what is being set before you and unleash the talent within.
Deviating from what you “thought” was the best plan, might just produce the most amazing plan ever!
Have you needed to revise, or deviate from your “original” quilt idea? If so was it due to not liking your design, or (like me) you misjudged your design requirements?
I thank everyone who took the time to forward me pictures of their projects. It was wonderful to open my inbox and have the opportunity to share the talent of fellow quilters!
Jackie sent this to me from “One Creative Family”. Great job Jackie, I love how the red boarder pops and sets off the brown fabric. Your design has a great sense of warmth to its color scheme.
Betty Lou Hornbuckle recently finished this design by using scraps from her stash, god bless you Betty Lou! I love the colors choice and the how the quilting highlights the simple floral appliqué.
Our Third Participant:
Bonnie Blake submitted pictures of a quilt she completed last summer for a customer. It was her first customer quilt that incorporated feathers and straight lines. She did an amazing job! Way to go Bonnie! You know I LOVE feathers and they look fabulous!
And last but not least Janis DeVito shared this bright, blooming quilt that just came off the long arm! WOW, I love the brightness of this design. You can’t help but smile when looking at this quilt.
Again, I thank Janis, Betty Lou, Bonnie Blake and Jackie for kindly submitting their work. All of you should be very proud of what you have accomplished! And hopefully we have inspired others out there to start or complete a project. If you meant to submit a photo, and missed the deadline for this post please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’d be more than happy to share with all those that have a passion for quilting!
No people I am not speaking of “stash” as in the green three-leaf clover that is not legal in the state of Pennsylvania. I am referring to a large stash of “fabric”. I am curious to hear if my peers have a large fabric stash. I often meander into a fabric shop and encounter an abounding amount of fabrics that I am drawn to, but refrain from purchasing. Of course my refusal to buy in quantity has me later kicking myself when it becomes evident that one of those “passed over” materials would have been the soul mate for a specific project. To make matters even worse when I take the time to venture back to the shop and invest in the cloth, it quickly becomes apparent that it has been confiscated by a wiser customer. I find myself slowly exiting the store feeling totally deflated. I believe I suffer from FCS (fabric commitment syndrome). Standing amidst all those beautiful patterns, and colors, gives me cold feet. I can’t seem to allow myself to be devoted to more than one piece of material. I suppose my relationship with fabric has me being a monogamous quilter.
I only browse for fabric when I have an upcoming project and it’s time to redeem the precise cloth for the design that is whirling around in my mind. Since I don’t accumulate fabric, I have but a very small stash to draw upon. This lack of resources often leads to a little bit of design challenges. Obstacles aren’t necessarily a bad thing but not possessing the quantity of fabric required for a design most definitely is!
When Hula Hibiscus was being constructed, thanks to Ronda K Scott, the challenge presented was to produce this piece from our “stash” alone. WHAT??? I about fell on the floor. I don’t even know if you can consider my collection a “stash” as it’s so pitiful!
No I wasn’t lying, it is very small, tiny, minuscule. So lets turn this topic away from me and out to the public. Do you have a large stash, or are you like me and need to find the closest FCS program?
Have you heard of Right Sizing? I was Right Stashing! January is a time for organization and my stash was not spared. Here is the before picture…
Before Right Stashing
Those little tubs you see are scraps sorted by color… or they are suppose to be. I cleared the cabinet got some trash bags and went to work.
Progress in Right Stashing
I filled 5 trash bags of fabric that I no longer wanted… How did I choose you ask? It needed to speak to me immediately… if it did not, it went in the bag. Once the shelves were cleared, I started to sort what was left… here are my solids… I love a good background fabric to show off the quilting.
Right Stashed Backgrounds
Here is the final reveal….
Now I am ready to go buy some new fabric! I don’t know about you but there is something so inspiring about new fabric…. Can’t wait to go! If I’m lucky it will be this weekend.
February is almost here….. every Friday in February I will be sharing a feather tutorial. The plan is to show it drawing, stitch it out on the longarm and then stitch it out on the domestic…. oh, the domestic… wish me luck and join me for February’s Feather Fridays!!
Quilt on, My Friends!