Believe it or not, I’m a bit compulsive. All of you who actually know me in real life outside of the blogosphere probably aren’t surprised by this. But for all of you who know me through my quilts, my embrace of wonkiness and technical “imperfections” may be a bit deceiving. While I don’t lose sleep over things like imperfectly squared corners and a slightly off-quilter line of quilting, I do have broad visions, and when they’re not accomplished, I really do lose sleep. I’ve literally woken up in the middle of the night and “visited” a quilt in progress with the hope that it would grow on me. And I’m pretty cranky when I don’t get enough sleep.
For instance, my second version of the Twice Spliced quilt. Don’t get me wrong, I like it. But for some reason, it wasn’t quite what I had anticipated in my mind. I wanted to create a version of this quilt that demonstrated a truly different colorway, that achieved a unique effect, that contrasted with the first.
This quilt resulted in a very peaceful night’s rest, so I decided to continue my neutral explorations.
The fact of the matter is, as much as I love color, I’m truly learning to appreciate the fact that this isn’t one of those more-is-moresituations. A neutral backdrop beautifully highlights the bright, cheery tones that I’m so very fond of.