Been a really hard week in the sewing room. Lots of work and not much to show for it except a pile of "think I might just throw it aways", a worn out seam ripper and a not so good attitude hanging around. I think that internal critic has been working overtime. I can't seem to get on track. Everything I put on the design wall just doesn't seem to make muster...if you know what I mean. I worked with my disappearing nine patch and added frames for each of the blocks...it's now in a heap on the floor...can't decide to whether to start ripping or just put it away for now. Here is what it looks like. Maybe quilting could transform it. As I stared at it more and more...it began to take on the look of a depressing hospital room. As I post it here...it seems to look a bit better to me. I really don't know where to go with this!
I did get a wonderful book over the weekend, Quiltmaker's Color Workshop by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr. It is a fascinating book about understanding color from a quilter's perspective. The book has a series of exercises; they call them color explorations. I worked all weekend on a couple of those and really struggled. One challenge I'm working on is to make a small quilt for each member of your family with colors that you feel represent them. When you're finished the challenge is to show it to that person and see what they think. It sounded like so much fun...and at first, so EASY. Well, I'm STILL on the one for my youngest son...so much for easy. It's hard to really THINK about color choices.
As for the title of this post...(yes, it takes me awhile to get to the point!) I did have one of those ahh ha moments as I struggled with my design efforts and fabric choices. I think I am what this book calls "Matchioso". I've let fabric designers make my color choices for me. I need to think about how the colors and fabrics I choose will express and support my design ideas. I tend to almost choose fabrics first and then design around them. It's like the Disappearing Nine Patch. I had the fabrics and said to myself...what can I do with these...rather than thinking about what might make the the pattern sing.
Like I said...my internal critic is on overdrive...I almost deleted this whole post...it's so not like me. I need an attitude adjustment or some spring flowers would be nice!