At times, that something is practical—like, I want to use up some long-overlooked fabric in my stash. At others, that something is a personal challenge—like, I want to prove to myself that I can paper-piece a quilt top or sew a Y-seam. More often than not, however, the something I’m looking for in a project is simply a forum for my own artistic expression.
So when my mother-in-law hinted that she wanted a quilt, I went about the planning it in my own way. In other words, I asked for no input. Really! Nothing—no color preferences, fabric suggestions, or pictures of quilts that she likes. Now, granted, I’ve known my MIL for almost twenty years. I know she likes décor items with an Asian feel. She decorates with pineapples, palm trees, and burgundy and gold. I have a much better idea of her taste than I do for many other people. But I first had to consider what I’d like to make, what I thought would be fun. This is the result of that process ...
I decided to do a few swirls on each blossom. The upside? I was doing the exact same thing thirty-two times. I got better at it with each blossom. The downside? I had to bury scads of threads.
I strove for a symmetrical-ish look and smooth curves. I did rip out—ahem—some lumpy parts (stopping and starting again in particular proved to be difficult), but most of my attempts were successful. I found it helpful to mark some guidelines in regular school chalk (doing so took some of the thinking out the quilting equation!). It’s a humble start, but it’s a triumph in the battle of Michelle versus FMQ!
Where do you stand on these issues? What feeds you, as the creator, in a given sewing or quilting project? How much say do recipients get in your creative process? And do you have any advice for a newbie FMQer? I’d like to try either a Supreme Slider or a Quilt Halo to help my projects glide under my darning foot. If you have an opinion on either of those products, I’m all ears!
Update: The giveaway is closed. The winner of the PDF pattern is none other than #33 Miss Audrey, of Hot Pink Quilts!
Today is the last day of school, which I fear may mean the end of my productive streak at my sewing machine. But I’m choosing to find the silver lining and celebrate with a giveaway!
Cheryl Brickey, the prolific pattern designer behind Meadow Mist Designs, is releasing a new pattern today! For a chance to win her Grande Scrappy Tiles in PDF form, simply leave a comment on this post. You can answer one of the questions I listed above or offer some advice on how I can squeeze sewing time in between play dates and trips to the park and afternoons at the pool. : )
Cheryl is one talented lady! (One of my favorite patterns is her Candy Circle quilt.) I highly recommend a visit to her site.
Good luck and happy summer!
Linking up to TGIFF, Finish It Up Friday, and Sew Cute Tuesday ...