January 23, 2012

Design on the Brain

I survived my weekend!  My laptop gasped its last breath.  I conceeded and attached my IPod for the first time to the home computer so I spent some time on Sunday building my playlist.  I lost some music and, honestly, it's going to be too much of a hassle and mind numbing experience to try to recover the songs I'm missing from the back-up drive my husband has saved.  I don't have to worry about my Twilight stuff, though, because it was all there....  Music is really important to me.  I use my IPod at work, to tune out noise at home, and to lift my spirits.  I had taken all my other pictures and important files off the computer previously.

Another weekend without sewing, except to repair my son's Spiderman quilt.  I don't like the method I used and the spider frayed a lot because I was an idiot in the way I stitched the edges down and not understanding that the glue I used wasn't permanent..  Lesson learned!  My son doesn't care so I'm just going to leave it instead of redoing it.

I also thought a lot about how I need to stop messing around and stop making excuses about not getting anything done. 

I've got a design floating around my head that I'm trying think through and be brave enough to work on.  It's another quilt that I dreamt about--a lot like I did with the Stephenie Meyer Quilt.  It's been bouncing around in my mind for a couple of weeks, but I've had a mental block about it.  One of the reasons I've been thinking about it is that I don't feel like I can move forward with any type of quilt unless I have a setting because I need to know block sizes and the other elements I want to include.  I've always wanted to make a quilt that had a border like this:

It's out of one of my favorite books in my library about design,  Rodale's Innovative PiecingThe book is dated having been published in 2000, but the ideas are sound.  The book is very cool and would be very useful for today's modern quilters and the movement.  The checkerboard is drafted on large graph paper, like from a large tablet flipchart with 1" squares, and then transferred to freezer paper according to the instructions in the book.  The freezer paper drawn sections are cut apart, ironed onto fabric strip sets that have been sewn, cut, and then sewed together in the checkerboard pattern.  I'd like to use the border in a Twilight quilt to represent the Breaking Dawn checkerboard.

I pulled both of my red fabric totes upstairs and printed the patterns so I can start making the red string goose units.  I haven't given up on that quilt.  I can't let those 72 grey string units go to waste....

1 comment:

  1. Absolutely amazing! Love the how it has real depth.....


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