The last few weeks have been insane. I just couldn't find the time and energy to get my weekly quilt projects done. . . and worse yet, I haven't even given it a thought. Maybe this was a blessing in disguise. An opportunity to step back and evaluate the areas of my work that I need to practice. I've been feeling a bit scattered and out of control with my free motion and a bit crazed sometimes adding lots of bits and pieces to get just the look I want. Maybe I should try for a bit of restraint . . . it's not something I have been good at. This could be an opportunity to try it.
So partly to get caught up with the weekly project and partly to experiment, I made three pieces all from fabric scraps off of the 'free table' at one of my sewing groups. The small 'appliqued' scraps and free motion sewing are very minimal. This was not an easy task for me. I fought very hard not to use additional colors of fabric or thread . . . or go crazy with embellishments. I really wanted to add text and screened images but fought it off. There's always any one of the next 45 weeks of the project after all. I thought that the crisp black and white needed to stand strong and let the little bits of turquoise & blue shine. I like them. I stopped just in the nick of time!
Making small quilts is fulfilling. I try to challenge myself constantly. For me, finding the materials to use helps the end result and the satisfaction. I have recycled old cloths, fabric scraps, linens and whatever else into little art pieces. . . whether quilts, purses, dolls, clothing . . . . Try it. Challenge yourself. Make whatever moves you and makes you happy.