My latest quilt has been a bit of an emotional roller coaster (yes, I describe my quilts as if they were relationships– I guess they are in a way). I started it late Friday afternoon and since I was feeling too lazy to go to the fabric store, I decided to make do with what I had. This is often the case and it’s not usually motivated by laziness–I love using the hues that I already have and combining them in new ways–but my stash is particularly depleted these days so I ended up working with a color combination that I was somewhat dubious about.
I cut up all the pieces that evening, then woke up wondering if I’d made a mistake. However, not one to waste perfectly good fabric, I decided to persevere, and ultimately realized that the cool blue/purple contrasted with more firey hues was rather striking.
I had made a vague sketch of the design beforehand, but the degree to which I was pleased with the pattern varied quite a bit as I worked. I kept finishing segments of it, stepping back, and feeling unsure… It wasn’t until completion that I decided I really liked the spliced-up-shape effect.
My usual basic shapes, but with a two-toned twist. I guess I should know by now that you have to let the entire quilting process work itself out before you really know how you’ll feel about the finished product. In the end, I love it.
And I have some more good news– after 10 hours of sleep (I really needed it!) and a wonderful mid-morning run in the fall sunshine, I returned home to a very pleasant surprise (well, not so much a surprise– I knew/hoped this was coming!)
That would be my book contract with Martingale and Company! The proposal was accepted a few weeks ago but it’s taken some time to get the details finalized… in other words, I’ve been holding my breath for a few weeks. And since the plan is to have it debut at next year’s Quilt Market, the deadline is, well, soon–early December to be precise. It’s going to be quite the fall, but I can say without exaggeration that this is a dream come true for me. And of course, I’ll be blogging along as I tackle this project, so stay tuned…