02 February 2011

Play Time – Using Scrap Fabric as “Seasonal I’m Sick of It” Therapy

I don’t know about you but I need a break from SNOW and ICE!

Themel246_SMTentative Title: “Cabin Fever”

I started this project 1. for a fun way to switch gears after the last couple months getting work done for the solo show, 2. to use some of the scrap fabric I’ve been accumulating and 3. to remind myself that the world is not black and white despite the view outside.

I needed a blast of color!  So I dumped out a big bin of scrap fabrics and picked out the ones that made me think of Spring and Summer – warm greens, watery blues…  ahhhh!

Next I cut them into 2.5” strips – then cut some at 6.5” for rectangles and others at 2.5” squares and put them all in a stack.  My first thought was to create a traditional quilt pattern but that was boring so I just started randomly adding things together.

There isn’t much science to it – which was my intention.  I just sewed them together in lines and groups.  I’ve also added a couple big squares and long rectangles to break up the grid area.  I didn’t care about the end result, only that I was having fun making it (a huge departure from the way I usually work).

At this point it’s about 30x30, give or take.  I’m not sure what I’ll do next.  Maybe it’s time to call it a day, add the batting & back and add some quilting.  It could work as a lap quilt or graphic-design-inspired wall hanging – or maybe even a cute tote bag.  Anyway I’ve sorta worked through my geometric fugue. 

I never was much on piecing – as you can probably tell from some miss-matched corners.  So I don’t think I have the passion to build this into a big bed quilt or anything.  In any case, it’s something to bring to “Show & Tell” on Feb. 12th for the SAQA Regional Meeting in Windsor, CT.

It was a fun distraction and I’m feeling much happier, hanging out looking at all the colors - just what I needed this week!

1 comment:

  1. I love it. What a great burst of color.

    I did one myself.


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