When I was looking for my quilting UFOs the other day, I came across some sketchbooks that I started when I took a class based on the book Color and Cloth. These are filled with what I guess I should call my NYSs, projects I’ve not yet started and maybe never will. Almost any page of these books sparks ideas for quilts, like these four variations on a single block I did following one of the exercises in the book. The shapes and arrangement of the pieces is the same each time, just the value and hue varies. I’d love to play with this block some more one day. (Though I do not plan to use the mustard, rust, plum, and peach color scheme I chose for the exercise; where I got that from I have no idea.)
After I finished all the exercises from the book, I started using the sketchbook pages to save combinations of fabrics that please my eye. I usually find these when I’m searching my stash for something else; sometimes two fabrics have ended up next to each other by chance and I’ll like them so I’ll snip small pieces and then since I have them in my mind I’ll start seeing other things that go with them and I’ll snip those and then paste them all in the book. I also save the color dots printed on selvages; it’s interesting to see what colors a professional chose to combine. There’s no way I’ll ever be able to use all these ideas, but I like adding to them anyway. Who knows what might inspire me down the road.
One year ago, I was amazed I could say that I’d run for 25 minutes in row. I miss being able to do that.
Two years ago, I looked back on November.
Three years ago, I reflected on quilt ideas I didn’t follow up on.
Four years ago and also five years ago, I wrote nothing.
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