first things first, if you ever work with silk let me tell you right now that it’ll end up everywhere. all over your machine. your table. other quilt projects. your dog. everywhere. oh, and it’ll never photograph right. you’ve been warned.
as part of pollen8, there’s a little swap involved so you get a little something extra before or after everyone works on your blocks. it makes the wait a little easier and who doesn’t love getting a surprise in the mail. I decided to make my partner a mini-quilt/wall-hanging since I thought it would be cool to send some art her way, but now I’m questioning myself. part of the problem is that I’ve been thinking about this quilt for months. I think I got the fabric back in may and have been sketching out ideas since then. too many ideas really, to where I’m not really sure what i want this quilt to look like.
I chose the silk dupioni for its texture and picked out a few crossdyed colors to add some interest. my original idea was just to do some simple, randomly pieced and cut, stripes. but now I’m wondering if it came out boring or if there are too many colors battling out in such a small space. or maybe it’s the lack of negative space? I’m still not sure how I feel about it. this morning I moved on to one of my other sketches. this one has a little more order while still being improv. I mixed in some bamboo/cotton fabric to separate the silk and to make the texture really come out. it’s smaller and a little more contained, but now is it too plain?
does this happen to you? you get too many ideas for one project and you start second guessing yourself? I wonder if it’s because I’m making this for another crafter or if it’s just letting ideas marinate in my head for way too long. thoughts?