Usually by this time I would have a nice new beautiful quilt made from start to finish. I have always enjoyed getting that 'first' of the year underway and completed. However, things get derailed, off track, or just plain life happens. I knew going in to the New Year that there was going to be a change in our household. Our 'norm' was going to change.
My baby boy is flying the coop! Yay? Yes and no. It's time he spreads his wings, build a life, see what the world has to offer. I have wanted that for him and expected this day to come. I didn't expect that he would be moving to New York City! Of all people, not him. As much as I've tried to prepare for him moving out, it has been especially hard knowing he will be so far away. He will be with his girlfriend, and I'm thrilled about that.
Through tears of sadness and joy we will take him to the airport today so he can start his new adventure, his new adventure. I'm going to miss him so much, I can't even tell you!
That alone has slowed my quilting to nearly a standstill. Almost! I've been trying to work on my latest design and make slow progress on it.
I designed a paper pieced block and began playing with it. I've always wanted to make an orange something, and decided this was the project for that. The black, well I love how it makes the colors glow. Black I have heard isn't a modern quilt color. I'm not buying into that notion. I happen to love black, so that is what I shall use!
It began with a block. I played with the shape thinking at first that I wanted it more of a 'flying geese' shape. I ended with this instead. I went with the a 3" x 4" block because after all, it's just a test.
I love starting a paper pieced project knowing the size of fabric needed for each section. For me it makes the process easier and faster. After cutting the pieces needed I was able to make the first test batch to play with.
Progress happens pretty fast especially when I trim 1/4" on the next section. I can then align the piece and not have to worry about making sure I have it in the right spot.
Perfect points always make me smile and make the extra work worth every second!
I finished this section and liked it so much I decided to make another batch! You know the point where you love it so much and wish you had made bigger blocks for a bigger quilt? At 3" x 4" I would need a gazillion blocks for something substantial!
Instead this will be all about testing the design and testing the block! It will be a baby quilt or wall hanging. Or a table runner.
I've been playing with layouts. I really like this one. Can you imagine it filled in with black?
Or this one? I'm leaning more towards this one. But one never knows...
Perhaps a table runner? Or should I have it be a quilt with a lot of negative space? Dang! I don't know what to do now!
I think this block needs to be made bigger...that I'm excited about! Maybe it could be a new pattern! What colors would you use?
Being an emotional wreck this week and especially today, I'll not make any decisions right now.
One thing I have to remember my son by today...
He was teasing and mocking me yesterday (which I will miss immensely) , I spun to leave and the door frame jumped out and caught my foot! (damn door!) Talk about instant pain shooting through your body! I'm left with a swollen toe and good bruise. Thank you Taylor...I'll think of you with every step I take! And I love and will miss you dearly!