It seems lately I have been using a lot of warm colors and neglecting the cool blues. So I pulled out some blue-green-purpley pieces and put them on the design wall to live with them for a while.
It didn't take long to add some bright warm pieces to the mix.
I do use a lot of turquoise in my work, as it has enough oomph to coexist with orange, yellow, and pink, but the medium or deeper blues have been resting in wait on my shelves.
That's a lotta blue!
So I am challenging myself to use it in my next work, in a BIG BIG way. Maybe even put it on the back...
Which sorta brings me to the thought I had as I woke up this morning. My approach to quilting has changed, and needs to be articulated. I am a verbal processor and have to say or write my thoughts (why I have a blog) to really feel them.
For most of my quilting life I have been single minded about the quilts I make. They had to be arty, show stopping, impacting eye catchers. Well, I still want there to be that quality to my work, somewhat, but my focus has shifted, one might say, drastically.
1. I find I want to USE UP my fabric, not save it for something really important.
2. I want to really like the process, which is why I am so thrilled to have found QAYG techniques
3. I don't care as much about trying to be innovative or groundbreaking anymore.
4. And I want to make a lot of quilts. Up to the ceiling, overflowing the closets, and drawers, until there is no fabric left. Big quilts. Little quilts. Wall quilts. Bed quilts.
And then I'll quit.For me there has to be a goal and using up the stash is it. I JUST received a big box of fabric from Joann's, including 50 yards of dyeable muslin, and yardage in bunches of solids to coordinate with my prints and dyed fabrics. So the shelves are bursting with material for new work. Starting tomorrow I will aim at a quilt a week and see what happens.
Today is my day out (knitting) and I am seeing the sewing machine repairman for a consult, even tho my machine is working beautifully, I want to maintain it so I never have to experience being without it again. And I am still considering a backup machine, so there is that...
It has been raining for days and Chumley is hoping for a sunny day soon.