I am obsessed. Well, not obsessed, necessarily, but stewing. Over some fabric. You know that I am working on Chris’s quilt, and it’s slow going. I am paying attention to my work process this time, and as with many things, I am working in fits and starts. I have an idea, run to my design wall and start cutting pieces, moving things around, hunting for more pins, and then sit back and look at it. If I can’t make a decision about it, I walk away, focus on something else for a bit, then come back to it. Sometimes, though, I get sidetracked by that something else. Or obsessed.
While I have been trying to focus elsewhere, I’ve come back to a pile of fabric I got at Market. I was lucky enough to score some of Samarra Khaja’s new line for Lecien, called Geogram. You may have seen a photo of it on Instagram or Facebook when I first unpacked it. I absolutely love it. The color mix and saturation are wonderful! But here’s my dilemma: I got just a jelly roll and a stack of charm squares: 42 2-1/2″ strips and 30 4-1/2″ squares. I will admit that I often like the challenge of limiting fabrics, but in this case I am stumped.
I want to do something cool with them but just haven’t decided what. They don’t want to be a traditional pattern, I don’t think, and besides, I would get bored making that. I have carried them around the house, looking at them in odd moments, and finally plopped them on my table. They were lying next to this solid I snagged from Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s shop, and I liked that mix very much. (This one, if you’re interested, is called “Grey Day,” and besides the color, has a nice, meaty hand–and it’s $5.00 a yard!)
I even resorted to sitting down with EQ7 for a bit yesterday, but didn’t really come up with anything I loved. I’ve scribbled on any available piece of paper, but quickly learned that what’s in my head does not translate. I know I’ll figure it out, but in the meantime, I am playing with lots of ideas.
Today is haircut day and I’m stopping to drop some toys off to Watered Gardens for Christmas, and flying through Target, so I will be looking for inspiration as I’m out and about. You can be assured that I will be thinking about it. That’s what being obsessed is about, right?
Do you ever buy fabric not knowing what you’re going to do with it? Heh. I guess most of us do that at one time or another. Do you obsess over it? How do you solve the dilemma?