I always think of this cartoon when I have a plan that has no guarantee of coming out as I orignally thought.
I begin with so much hope and faith and then abruptly everything changes and I am swept along without a clue as to where I am going and what I will have when I am finally at the finish line.
So here's where I started.
I have this skein of yarn that is multicolored, not bright, but subtle "colors that have no name" which is what I call those blend-y parts where dyes mix. I love this yarn even tho it isn't saturated color. So if I can love it in yarn, can I love it equally in a quilt?
We shall see. First do I have fabric that matches this yarn? I kind of thought I had found one piece that would work, but after I fused it and cut it up, it never got used...which is so not-surprising to me.
Here it is and while it is lovely, it is way too rich and not subtle enough. So nevermind.
But I know I am in the neighborhood of the colors I will need, so I begin looking for the fabrics that I have rejected in the past as being too washed out looking. Now I actually want that look, like it was once bright, but must have faded.
It turns out that I have just the stuff I need. Who'da thunk it? And it is already fused. Amazing luck.
They are pretty light, but I can always add the darker versions for contrast.
Yes, this is working. By bringing in lots of subtle colors, and juxtaposing them next to bits of opposites, I can make this work, and it can be exciting even if the colors are subtle in-betweens.
And then when I have brought in the darker versions, suddenly they became saturated colors and vroom, I am back in familiar territory again.