Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Do you ever find yourself in a funk?

Do you ever find yourself in a bit of a funk?

This past month I have been potting in my sewing room, playing with fabric, flicking through the hundreds of projects on my 'wish list' but I am not at all inspired.  I want to start a new project but I can't get myself into the right head space.  I think the reason is that my style is evolving and my modest stash just does not inspire me.

When I first started my quilting adventure 14 years ago I was very drawn to the country and naive style. Then my taste evolved into a more classic style but now I find myself leaning towards more of a modern style of quilting.  I hate putting labels on the different styles.  I think they all merge and I flow from one to the other with startling frequency!  But right here, right now I love the clean lines and 'minimalist' feel that often describes modern.  Although I have started to acquire modern fabrics, my stash is top heavy with more classic styles which poses a bit of dilemma for me.

So l  have set myself the challenge of trying to use my existing stash to make quilts with a modern vibe.

With that in mind I have made a wall hanging for my entry hall using improv piecing.

(excuse the picture - I took it indoors at about 9pm with terrible lighting!)

I also used a few scraps of "modernish" fabrics to make some colour coordinated fabric baskets.

These were surprisingly quick to put together and I plan to make several more so that eventually I have one in each colour to store my scraps in.

Other recent finishes include some paper pieced star blocks for a bee group and a quilt top for one of the many charity groups I am involved with.

Now to get back to the 'wish list' and settle on what I want to start next.  Or maybe before I do that I should think about tackling the ever increasing UFO pile?

Until next time.