I have made a bit of progress on my Fusible Scrap Leftovers project, so I thought I’d share it with you today.
Each time I start working on this piece, I get more and more excited about it. With each embroidered addition the quilt becomes more and more alive. Each block—no matter how cute—gets something added to it. Some blocks get enhanced with a lot of embroidery, other blocks get just a little.
I have no master plan for this quilt. I just have a general feeling about how I want to enhance each block. I can’t explain it, but I know that in the end, it will all come together.
This spontaneous design approach makes working on this quilt a glorious adventure. There is a lot of freedom in working this way. Knowing I can’t get it wrong has allowed me to explore a variety of ideas and it also gives me an opportunity to appreciate what each block has to offer—both good and bad. This impromptu approach has made the extended handwork process very entertaining.
In fact, I am enjoying the embroidery phase so much, I have to stop myself from completing the blocks. I have to remember that each step in the process is leading to a magnificent, but undetermined end.
If I complete the blocks now, then there will be little to no room left for adding embellishment later—and that just can’t happen. There would also be fewer adventures in store and the door would be opened for me to become bored before I complete my tasks.
This freeform approach to creating ensures continued excitement, valuable lessons and nonstop adventure. That’s exactly the type of quilt I want to have as a year-long project.
Some quilts I create are more planned than this one and I am okay with that. The purpose of this quilt is to teach me to not over think, not to over plan, not worry about getting it done. This quilt’s primary function is to give me a place to experiment and explore. The lessons I learn on this, will affect all the quilts I make in the future.
This is a no-stress project—other than finding time to work on it—so that I can share with my BFFs on occasion.
Like Bill & Ted, I have been on many excellent adventures lately. Because of all these adventures and a few other things, I have been a little lax in working on this project (insert trigger words for BIG NEWS).
To quote an old Bob Dylan song, “The times, they are a-changin” and with those changes, more opportunities to work on it will appear. Yea! I won’t bore you with the change details in this post, but your patience has been greatly appreciated.
If you are new to the blog and would like to see more of this quilt and read about its history, then follow the links below:
If you are interested in seeing what the quilt sorta, kinda, if you squint your eyes and tilt your head just right, but may be changed at any stage in the process is gonna look like, then you can click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.
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Hope you have enjoyed seeing my little bit of progress. It was a blast to share it with you. As always, your thoughts and comments are appreciated.
I look forward to hearing from you.