Not quilting with organic fabric. I was thinking more along the lines of a quilt that just sort of evolves from one stage to the next, getting stalled, then moving forward again. But Quilting Evolutionarily (is that a word?) just sounded like it was heading somewhere different. Often I feel the pressure to rush things–you know, to Get-It-Done so I can have something to show off to everyone in the blogosphere. Because why would anyone want to read about my humdrum, inch-by-inch progress in my projects? Only because that’s probably how things are going for many of us, especially at the holidays, when we are pulled too many directions.
So, after I put the blue borders on my wonky log cabin, it sat. Then after finishing the grading, the finals, I actually had a night when I was waiting for my husband to come home from a trip back East, and I wanted to stay up and I had a good novel going, so I was ready to sew.
Forgive the blurry picture–it was at night. I sewed white strips onto the blue borders. I also had a stack of “middles” without the blue borders (I’d run out of fabric). I added red strips to those, and then green.
And then I alternated them up on the pinwall. And there they’ve been for a few days now, while I try to figure out the next step. They are all different sizes, so I’m trying to decide which ones to cut down, and to which ones I should add a deep blue strip or two in order to get them to become roughly the same size.
The novel I’m listening to is Moon Over Manifest and it’s written for a bit younger crowd; I’m still really enjoying it as it combines two periods of history in the story of the twelve-year-old protagonist. I’m considering it for my English class next semester: since the main character is 12, I don’t have to worry about inappropriate romantic entanglements that I’d have to deal with in class discussions. I’m teaching a developmental class (one below Freshman Comp) so this level might be appropriate to most of their reading skills.
So, not that anyone’s reading with a week left until Christmas, and Hanukkah just beginning, and the general rush rush of buying gifts and decorating and baking, but I am making progress on this quilt. It’s interesting to sew without a plan. I’m sewing just for the pleasure of it, just to discover what will unfold — the kind of sewing I need right now.