Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I started writing this post about 4 hours ago, but somehow I kept getting sidetracked . . . I looked at my email, which led me off onto wild google chases until I saw something interesting, which took me down another path to learn everything I could about "drapplique," which made me remember that I still haven't opened my new Tsukineko inks, and so on and so forth. You know how that goes.
Anyway, I decided just before my birthday a couple of weeks ago that I was going to make a "square-a-week" quilt. I think I saw where someone had done this in a QA article. I decided to make 52 6x6" squares, one a week for the next year, then sew them all together with a beginning square and an ending square for a total of 54--I think the quilt will be 6 squares wide and 9 squares long.
I thought my birthday would be a good time to start, and I made that week's square to commemorate it. It's a little dark, but the kind of birthday it felt like--one of those mixed-emotions ones. I added beads since I had been doing a lot of beading that week.
This week's square was based on a design that I created during an exercise at a friend's creative circle gathering. I had hand-dyed some fabric for another project, so I used some of the scraps here. I'm going to try to incorporate several things into these squares: the techniques I was working on that week, the materials I was using that week, and a design that reflects something that was happening.