Another week has gone by; there is more day light, the sun’s visits are more frequent, the cold spell is gone, Ruusu’s eyes are not much better than last week, but better than two weeks ago. I have spent lots of my energy cleaning and I feel happy and relieved every time I have dusted and wiped areas that are difficult to reach and require serious approach.
But, there is always but, isn’t there? My crafting life seems to suffer. I find it very difficult to settle into anything enjoyable.
Last night, when I put the last stitch on this little quilt, I thought about intuition. Knitting and crocheting, or the yarn related crafts, like embroidery are in some way easier for me. It is as if those crafts are almost intuitive when quilting and sewing always demand more planning and more thought, I don’t know how to proceed and always end up having to think, overthink. When I hold yarn, I (sometimes) right away feel what it should be, but when I hold fabric in my hands, I am never sure. I am not certain if this is due to the lack of experience or if my brain is wired that way. Even though fabric work seems to be a battle ground, I still want very much to do it.
This intuition-thought forces me to rethink my little quilts. I wish I could cast away all the images of different works I have done, put blinders on my eyes, and concentrate on hearing what is it that I want to do or need to do. Also, it could be that I am in a spot, where I must to try this and that, be all over, before I find what I am searching for. This project hunt is extremely difficult. I want to try everything, yet, I don’t seem to be able to seriously stop and focus onto anything and thus what I make, I am not happy with. I guess, I just have to walk on all these paths and trust that I will find the right one at some point, and not end up totally lost.
During last week I tried various projects…
This is free-form piecing and then embroidering on top, there is something I like, but something feels odd and off… could not go on. I like the trees, not so much of the fox. I think the problem is the way I drew him. I should simplify the design. I am sure I will revisit this technique one day. I like how the stitches feel like I have drawn on the fabric and I love the free-form back ground. No need to match the seams, just add on fabrics and enjoy the process and the color play. Now that I look at the piece, I feel that the trees and the fox don’t match.
Then I thought that I would make a doll quilt… but the single block came out too big and this would make a good baby quilt, but not a doll quilt… again one day.
Since I did not know what to make, I decided to sew a little foundation paper pieced block (Sunray from Craftsy Class Start Foundation Paper Piecing by Elizabeth Dackson, see the first picture) and refresh quilting techniques, piecing, quilting and binding. The little quilt is ok, but it does not really fit my plan to make a diary quilt every week. Or maybe it does in a way… But this is all I could finish this week, so I will leave it behind and look ahead.
Diane, thank you for the question on embroidery on quilts.
When I have completed the top, I baste only the batting to the top and then I will embroider. This way, if the back side does not end up tidy and nice (it never does), it gets covered by the backing in the end. I use usually cotton batting, because it is stable and little bit stiff and it is easier to embroider on if the piece is thicker than just plain cotton fabric. I am sure there are other ways to do this too.
I wish I had something wonderful to share, but this creative dry spell does not give much to write on. This will pass, I trust. It always has. (Fingers crossed.)
Wool with you,