Friday, August 29, 2014

Skinny Strips Again

I was feeling more than a little creatively STUCK, then a kind note from Rayna Gillman got me kick started last night.  I sent her a note this morning, asking how it felt to have a box named after her!

That box holds strips and strings left over from other projects or trimmed while cutting.  With her "Create Your Own Free-Form Quilt" style, almost nothing is too skinny.

I pulled out scraps left over from this, made from the Pagodas pattern from Maple Island Quilts:

And this, the Carnival pattern, also from Maple Island Quilts:

Then I sewed and sewed for about 1 1/2 hours.

I took a break and browsed through Rayna's book for a while.

When I was pulling out all of those fall-colored strips, a couple of red pieces of batik also appeared and I decided that they could stay.  I went looking and found that I had more.  I also found a pretty gold Kona Bay texture.  Those will come in handy for accents and if I need any larger chunks.  The solid yellow is ancient and will be used in small amounts also.

Back to the machine for another half hour or so.  This is what I ended the night with:

Probably the next step will be taking everything off the design wall and playing with arrangements.  I'm taking a trip next week, so I will look at it all with fresh eyes when I return.

Deeper down in that box, I found a lot of leftovers from this:

 More than I remember, these are definitely "seed" for another project.

I dug further and found a variety of greens that I think might play nicely with the rest.  Some of it is from the backing and facing.

One of the galleries in town is planning a "tiny art show".  I will visit them today and find out the particulars.  

Now I have some new fun things to work on and think about!



rcp said... got me motivated! Thanks!!!

Sujata Shah said...

Wow! You have been busy! keep going..String quilts are so much fun!