Thursday, March 1, 2018

Changed My Mind Again

If there is one thing I have learned in my creative life it's that if I am not sure about something I am doing, I should stop and let it sit.

This does NOT mean "put it in a drawer and let it become a UFO", oh no! It means I put whatever it is I am working on where I can see it BUT NOT where I can do anything about it. It's important to have to LOOK at it and NOT touch it. I need it to haunt me, to get under my skin, to imprint itself on my brain so when I am not thinking my brain will figure it out for me.

I was not really 100% convinced about the binding for the Sparkling Winkel quilt. So in the spirit of not-doing-anything-that-could-be-bad-or-mediocre, I decided to do a little bit more to clean up the studio. 

Since I had picked up two quilts from Janet Lee over the weekend, I had the excess backing fabric lying around.

 Hmmm... might you see where this is going?

I have enough fabric that I can just cut the binding and sew it onto the quilt to make it look like the backing is rolling over onto the front. From the back, the binding would be invisible, and since when you are cuddled up in a quilt the edges flop over anyway...  And I liked the idea that all the colors on the front of the quilt would surround it. It's darker than the light blue, and I find that doesn't bother me at all. The fabric has a lot of bounce and energy that is consistent with the front of the quilt. I think it's cool and fun.

Yeah I know what I said last time, but I changed my mind. I said there were no wrong answers, and that means there are a lot of good ones. I think this is one of them.


Quiltdivajulie said...

Love this - it is "just right!"

Susan Torrens said...

I'm glad that I'm not the only one who waits until my quilt tells me what it wants! Most people think I'm crazy, but I've often stopped and spent time waiting for the right inspiration. I think your binding will be spectacular!

Millie said...

Susan, I have always believed that the quilt will tell you what it wants and what the quilt wants- the quilt gets. Nice to know I’m not alone in this!

spanishquilter said...

I'm so glad you reevaluated your decision. The light b lue was my least favorite and this should be perfect. I'm also in favor of letting the quilt speak to mo.

MrsB said...

THIS is a winner. Much better than the blue.

Mari said...

It's an artist's prerogative to change her mind as much as necessary! This will make a great binding.

lynn bourgeois said...

Gotta tell you this one sits very well with me. I know it is not my quilt, but colour is my passion, and I think this one is perfect.

Robby H. said...

I believe you have a winner! Sometimes a little break in working on a project makes all the difference.