06 May, 2008

Decisions And Deliberations

Thanks to everyone who commented on my GBY* Southern Album blocks. I am deeply grateful for your support regarding the efforts, I assure you I wasn't fishing for compliments. (But they're always welcome and greatly appreciated!) Here's the deal on this quilt: never before have I approached any quilt project with more mindful deliberation regarding color and fabric placement. Each piece is scrutinized and "weighed" before I even take it to the paper pattern mock up (see photo). Once every element seems balanced and harmonious, and only then, do I pick up my trusted rotary cutter and set to work. As I mentioned, in the earlier post, it's not that I don't like the blocks but it's just that they seem disconnected, individually, from the whole. A dear friend reminded me that there are borders coming that will rein everything in and hold them together. That's true, I'm glad she reminded me of that fact! Salem Stitcher suggested using more of the border fabric in some of the piecework. That's what I've done here with the "Cake Stand" mock up, it will make a huge difference in the overall composition. Thank you both! The "Oak Reel and Acorns" pattern (above) will be placed inside yet another scalloped frame; there are four of those framed appliqué blocks total; they, too, add another large piece to an otherwise unfinished symphony. I have yet to even begin the fabric/color selection for that block yet! All things considered, I guess I just need to sit back and relax a little, stress less, and enjoy this process more. Cue the music!

The instructor for this class is the absolute BEST! She treats each one of us as though we're the most important student she has ever had! She inspires and encourages, I absolutely love her. She made each one of us an acorn pincushion (see photo) and included a quote for the month. For May, from Ralph Waldo Emerson: "That which we persist in doing becomes easier-- not that the nature of the task has changed, but our ability to do has increased."

Life is Good!
*Great Big Yawn


Nane said...

Wow, a mock up first? Thats a great idea with the investment of time this quilt takes. I haven't seen one yet that isn't awesome and no doubt yours will be too!

Salem Stitcher said...

Your mock up block looks wonderful. I love the movement your fabric gives the basket. You will have fun with the oak reel and acorn block. It is my favorite block in the whole quilt. I think your acorns will need to be purple fussy-cut from your border!

Libby said...

It's always inspiring to get input from fellow quilters . . . you never know what simple little comment will spark renewed interest in a project. Enjoy!

Karen Dianne Lee said...
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meggie said...

Having been away, I have enjoyed catching up on all your posts.
Love your new quilt.

Karen Dianne Lee said...

I connected to this post. It expresses a natural evolution of creativity.

You're on another level and just like everything in life (Spiritual, Financial, Physical, etc.,) we learn it demands reflection, contemplation and Management as we grow.

I admire this and appreciate how you share these VERY important thoughts about Quilting.

Integrating the Gifts Love, *karendianne.