...you just have to let it out!
Usually when I am working on a quilt, cutting and sewing away, I throw the fabric leftovers from that project into a pile by my cutting table. The pile then makes its way into a basket and waits until I have time to sort through it all and organize it into my scraps bins.
Sometimes, it takes a good long while before I get to that and I end up with piles from various projects waiting to be sorted.
Last weekend, I took some time to sort through a few piles.
I folded the larger pieces and stacked them to the side and sorted the scraps by color. As I later arranged them on my shelves, piles from different projects ended up sitting next to each, and I thought they made an interesting color story for a quilt. I left them there together and decided that, after I finish working on current projects, I would eventually come back to them and see what I could come up with.
Later, as I went about my day, doing housework, preparing dinner, sorting laundry and such, an idea for a quilt began to unfold and I suddenly had the urge to go down to my studio.
I pushed that urge to the back of my mind thinking that I have unfinished projects and pending deadlines to get to before starting something else.
But the urge just wouldn't go away. It kept getting stronger and stronger. And, as I casually walked past the stairs to the basement to get from the laundry to the kitchen, a force so strong just just sucked me down! I tried to claw my way back up but the force was stronger than I.
So I calmly took the pile of fabrics off the shelf and started to arrange them on my design wall trying to see if I could bring what I envisioned to life.
The only 'new' fabric in the mix is the black and white polka dot.
The red fabric was intended to be a heart from the start and was the inspiration behind the design.
I had to add that darker blue piece to the top in order to make a strip that was wide enough.
Each individual strip is pieced...
And here is the finished top.
It will be a small quilt, about 36X43, and it'll be awhile before I get around to quilting it. But at least I was able to get it out and get on with other chores. And I'm glad to say that all my other deadlines have been met this week!