This year I'm completing projects. First up: a quilt for an old friend. I'd already made her one, but she pointed out that it needs washed once in a while. a quilt -- primary colors with a red binding --a few years ago, but she wanted a second one.
She was hoping for colors like rust, brown, aubergine, orange, gold: the vibrancy of falling leaves. Those colors remind me of every boring antique quilt I've ever seen, and I can't stand the thought of working with them. I found a substitute: turquoise and tangerine. That combination developed from the first fabric I chose for her, the birdhouses you see above.
This is the only fabric that appears twice in the quilt. That's because Mary has a number of vintage birdhouses ornamenting her lawn / garden in South Carolina. Here's a photo from the summer of 2011:
Every decision about the quilt emerged from the birdhouse fabric. It allowed for turquoise, which allowed the peace sign fabric, which freed me to use any other color I wanted. The Jetson-looking tangerine blobs convinced me to make the entire quilt from 18" squares. I like those blobs very well and didn't want them lost.I hand-quilted the piece with orange thread, and this afternoon I finished hand-sewing vintage binding onto it. I was then going to write my name, the date, the location (information all quilters are encouraged to include), but once I started writing I couldn't stop until I'd gone around 2.5 times.
What did I notice in forcing Project 1 through to completion (and, trust me, it was a forced completion; yesterday I came up with a new idea; I had to remind myself I was determined to complete one project a week in 2012 and I was rapidly running out of week)?
--that I like the look of handwriting around the inside borders of a quilt backed with white muslin.
--that I might enjoy making a quilt in which my words, in various colors, become the pattern. That idea is a bit nerve-wracking; what would happen if after investing ten or twenty hours in writing I added something I didn't want to keep in the finished quilt?
--that sometimes I worry needlessly about silly things that are resolved once I get on with the project.