It's a whole week since I posted to my blog! I had a busy week - in a good way - with some catching up with friends, performing on-camera hosting duties for our local PBS station and generally being distracted from writing here about my quilting life!
I've finished piecing the Split Decision units which currently look like Tibetan prayer flags. I pieced them like this: two pairs vertically seamed and two pairs horizontally seamed. This kept them corralled in the 2 pairs of units needed for each block. Next step is to do some pressing and re-stacking ready for some assembly line stitching of the blocks. I must confess that here was a tad of "reverse stitching" when my concentration wandered away from the machine piecing. Sounds simple enough, right? Stitch two pieces of fabric with the seam going one way and then stitch two other pieces of fabric with the seam going another way... oh yeah? My brain is like a sieve sometimes and the repetitious machine piecing permitted my fertile imagination to spread its wings and not concentrate properly! Serves me right. But a little reverse sewing is good for improving the virtue of patience for this impatient soul... Heavens to Betsy! (whatever that means) I even had two neat piles by my machine to indicate which way to sew the pieces. Ack!!!!!!
Feeling in need of a fabric fondle, I pulled out my Cherrywood hand dyed fabric stash. This includes some very nifty neutral shades. I think I might challenge myself to creating a little piece incorporating those neutral and greyed colors that are usually out of my comfort zone. I re-discovered that I had a bunch of 1 1/2" strips already cut from the Cherrywood in the brighter colors, so maybe those might be a starting place that lead me down some road that's not exactly clear yet. I also looked again at Roberta Horton's book "An Amish Adventure" to remind myself of the fascinating Amish color combinations. I do admire Amish quilts and will be checking some of my other books on the subject for inspiration before diving in. I enjoy the percolating part of creating quilts!