What was fun and amazing was, as I pieced, the “perfect” size and color scrap was there waiting to be added. It became a very serendipitous flow, almost meditative. I enjoyed the wonkiness of adding fabrics with no plan, as I read the women of Gee’s Bend did when piecing, just pulling a scrap from the batch and adding it, cutting as you go.
Because I enjoy this process so much, I need to figure out how to make art quilts with these blocks. I could make a small quilt for Sydney, but I hate the thought of working with a large quilt again. Back to the books for inspiration.
For now, on with the tutorial. I cut the blocks to be 6” square (sort of). Then I layered them and cut them on a diagonal (sort of). I considered using the ruler and cutting straight lines, which would have been within my comfort zone, but I decided to be brave and cut curves on a diagonal. I must say that was somewhat scary.
However the next part was fun. Moving the pieces around to find a pleasing balance of color. I like the way the colors pop against the black fabric. Once I had the pieces in place, I used a small zigzag to appliqué the pieces to the black fabric. Nice. Love it … what could I do with this?
OK, the really scary step was next. She said she cut away the black fabric from behind the pieced sections … I really didn’t understand this step but I trust Nellie (and myself apparently) and cut the first section. Oh, I see, the black fabric then is ready for use in another project, and this piece is now a single piece of fabric. Wow.
Next I have to buy spray starch when I market this weekend and I’ll get back to the tutorial on Sunday. As I’m away next week, it will be good because I won’t be tempted to “check on it” until a week has passed. In the meantime, I’m putting this up on the design board to ponder what else I could do with it. And I’ll make more blocks.