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.

Of course, my lovely partner snagged my first square to hang in her office, so I had to make another one. This one is just slightly different, but that's ok, too :-)


heldasland said...

, Stunning,Im from swapbot Sey girl

Threads of Imagination said...

They are lovely designs. Thanks for your comments yesterday. I'm already finding the whole blogging and twitter thing very addictive :-) Really looking forward to gathering pace. Enjoy your day x

Judy Alexander said...

Gotta love those back issues of QA. I just put a couple of posts on my blog showing some of my latest experiments from back isues.

Cathy Mendola aka pinkbirdgirl said...

love the journal! I didn't notice that the fabric was kitties until I read what you said. Then I went back to look again. Sure enough they are!
I love them on the side.
Really love your quilt square a week.
Can't wait to see what you come up with each week.
BTW, happy belated birthday!

Simone said...

WOW you are really creative.