Tuesday, March 11, 2014
What to do when you don't know what to do? # 1
I often feel at loose ends after finishing a big project, meeting a deadline, or after a period of time not sewing for whatever reason. How does one get started again?? Let's talk about it in this new series. I'd like to start with piecing and later discuss easy applique techniques to do in the times when you want to just sew.
There are always fall back options, such as digging out a pattern, actually opening a book of techniques to try, or finishing a UFO (un-finished object). But...
There are times when I don't want to make the next great quilt, I just want to sew.
I still want to be original, and put myself into the process, but don't want to make too many choices. I just want to see color next to color, and see shapes develop.
I turn to my scraps.
The odd little pieces are already random in shape, and have color variations within a range. I will take the smallest throw away pieces, and piece them together like a puzzle, growing into usable fabric. Then I cut shapes from this to use later. I will show examples of this next time.
Or I decide I want the feel of a snowbank, or the feel of water, so I piece them with this in mind and they grow into something resembling a snow bank, or water. Examples of this coming up later as well.
This is the moment just to let go, and sew.
So on week one, consider playing with squares
You could sew these together with a white square between for a very soothing pattern. You can place the color randomly or organize it into growing areas of blended sections to create a background.
Whatever you do, I hope you just arrange them quickly and sew together into a new piece of fabric. This should be an exercise of short duration, to keep you in the play side of your brain.
This is a tutorial on how I sew the squares together into a background or scene. Click HERE to see it!
I call mindless pieceing Medicinal Sewing because it lowers blood pressure and increases happy endorphins.
I hope you share with me your ideas for this kind of play and as always enjoy creativity.