Let's get back to Emergence and see how she's looking on the tables today:
I'll be honest - I really haven't been working on her much for the last few weeks. October is always a busy month and so far I've let that be my excuse for curling her up in a ball behind my machine.
But that's not the real reason why I'm avoiding this quilt. The real reason is - I'M BORED OUT OF MY MIND!
There! I said it! Cat's out of the bag.
Here's the deal: I've been quilting in one basic way for more than 2 years now. I pick a filler, I have a space to fill it in, and I stitch that one single design into the entire space on a tiny 1/8 inch scale.
It takes forever to stitch this densely. I try to break up the fill spaces with pretty trapunto motifs and make them small so I can change fillers often, but for the most part, I'm spending hours and hours and hours stitching the same design over and over again.
Don't get me wrong, it's not all bad. All the monotony is giving me time to think about how I want to change my quilting style. I want to feel more free to experiment with filler designs, different threads, even different needles. What would it look like to stipple with a twin or triple needle?
Even more essential is the questions about the fillers themselves: which fillers can blend into one another seamlessly? What if one stands out like a sore thumb? What happens then and how do you deal with the unpredictability of all this texture?!
The more I think about it all, the more I realize that I'm in a rut.
I've been stitching the same way for 3 years, and while I have created loads of designs to play with, I really haven't experimented much with HOW to apply them to a quilt.
I haven't had time! I've been too busy coming up with hundreds of fillers, I haven't had time to play and experiment with them in blocks or quilts.
To a large degree, the original goal of 365 designs has kind of tied my hands to one and only purpose to this blog - new designs. I have definitely wanted to do more, to show the designs in different ways, and to experiment with them, but meeting that original expectation has always been more important.
Yes, this looks beautiful, but no, it's really not all that much fun to do.
So maybe that's the lesson this quilt is teaching me. The monotony of stitching these designs is finally cluing me into what has to come next.
I've got to throw off this mantle of boredom and stop taking the easy, deeply rutted road of what I know, and start experimenting and trying new things. It won't always be easy and it won't always look great, but it will probably be a lot more interesting than stitching the same thing over and over again!
Let's go quilt!