OK you all have your bag or box of goodies ready?
Next step is to set the ground rules....or not.
Not being much of a "rules" person myself, I am loathe to impose them on others. So I have suggestions instead.
1) No electricity
2) No rotary cutters - Make do with scissors or just ripping fabric when applicable
3) Think outside your usual box. Go fearlessly down a different path than you are used to.
The first thing I did was to decide what size I wanted to do this week so I would at least have a general area to work within. I decided on 14" X 14"
I made a few other decisions. If I end up with 4 separate pieces, I want to put them together into one piece at some point. So I felt I wanted SOMETHING to pull them together when (or if) that time comes. I chose two things. The first is a neutral fabric which I will use in the background of all the pieces. The second is to have circles a major part of each piece. You will see how that unfolds in the upcoming days.
Ready to start?
Here we go...
I chose a backing fabric. One which I had enough of to be the same for all four pieces. Then I cut the batting. This is not the batting I usually use but I had some and so decided to try it out. I've used fusable batting before but not this loft or this brand. We'll see how it works.
Then I started laying out the fabrics and bits and paints to find a combination that was interesting to me. It may or may not end up like this but it provided a jumping off point.
First I put down the neutral common fabric. Now...I'm not a hand-quilter. I have hand pieced but never hand quilted anything. Boy was THIS a learning experience. What I learned first? I cannot quilt a straight line! I started on the edges of the neutral fabric with regular thread. But I wanted more texture and a bit of contrast so I switched to embroidery floss! This was really fun.
OK..you can quit laughing now. Suffice it to say that by this time I was really missing my sewing machine! But I will continue. Hopefully it won't show that much when the project is completed??? Here's hoping!
For now, I'm going to go soak my poor hands in some warm fragrant water and hope they quit aching.
Well, it is begun and the commitment is made. See you tomorrow!