Had quite a bit of time in the studio today and it felt really, really good! Glued a couple more pieces to their canvases and painted a few more. I started to clean things up a little so that I could feel a bit more organized, and, of course…distraction!
One more scrap of interfacing, laying next to the bag of strings…what else could I do but make another string piece background?
These don’t take very long when they are this small-about 8 x 10-and I put all those tempting strings away as soon as this was done!
I decided that it was time to start getting those bright scrap quilts finished up. Yes, they have only been sitting in the stack for less than 2 months, but they are all basted and ready to go. No excuses. Pick one up and get it done!
So I did.
A question that occurred to me as I was quilting…what makes the quilting design ‘right’ for me on an improv beast like this one?
I decided against straight line walking foot quilting. Too boring for my mood, though it would have worked just fine for the quilt itself!
Mostly it’s a matter of sections and shapes. All of these small quilts are made with a total mix of scraps; no design, no background, no repetition of shapes. There are not rows or sections easily seen, though each individual piece is defined by the construction seams. Basically, then, an overall meander quilting seems like the best choice.
And the way to make it work is to be sure and overlap the quilting between chunks of fabrics.
Those swirls roam around that quilt top as though it were a whole cloth quilt, with no regard to which scrap is being sewn.
Totally suited my mood and goes so quickly. I got it done in an afternoon and I feel invigorated by getting some quilting finished. A happy, happy day!