Tuesday, March 25, 2014

creative chaos

Morning has come, and today I start a brand new quilt.  I pull from the cupboard a collection of pretty pinks and purples, soft spring greens and low volume fabrics.  These had been selected weeks before, intended to become a companion quilt to Waltz of the Flowers.

But, I can't do it.  My heart isn't in these soft, sweet colors.  And when you don't feel a quilt on that first day, well... that's a very bad sign! 

What do I really want to make?  What would make me happy?

I open my drawer of cast offs.  Rummaging around, my hands pass through blocks and stacks of blocks made for quilts past, but rejected for one reason or another.  Things cut, but not sewn.  The ghosts of quilts past. 

And then I know.

ghosts of quilts past

Sometimes chaos is beautiful.  Riotous colors.  Odd angles.  Plenty of black.

creative chaos

From my stash I pull multicolor prints.  Lots by Anna Maria Horner.  They're often hard to use, but not now.

my creative chaos

It's my chaos and it feels so right.


22 comments:

  1. I like where you are going with this, it's so hopeful to see other people using their leftover blocks, and giving them a new life.

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  2. Love it! Can't wait to see how this develops.

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  3. oooooh, I love where this is going. Beautiful!!!

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  4. love it! I am such a fan of random quilts...so much more design and creativity to them.

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  5. Random bits & pieces...I love it. Watching with anticipation to see how it ends up, Linda

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  6. Love where this is going. The fabrics are just beautiful together!

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  7. I don't think I've ever been quite as excited about chaos! This is awesome!

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  8. What a great idea! It makes your creative juices work overtime:)

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  9. Keep going with this. It is very intriguing. So right for this moment in time.

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  10. Entrancing! Every little thing about it.. ADD people love chaos!

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  11. I like it. It holds the eye for a while as you'll be discovering patterns and textures every time you look at it.

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  12. You never cease to amaze us with your talent of pulling things together in beautiful harmony! Can't wait to see this as it develops :)

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  13. Such inspiration! I really should do something like that with all my cast-offs and blocks made here and there just for fun. Yours looks so pretty so far!

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  14. well, this is FUN! you're right about the chaos being good on occasion. can't wait to see how it come out. =)

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  15. Beautiful chaos! Life is that way sometimes, isn't it.
    This is going to be a beautiful quilt Rachel, I love it already :)

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  16. Love the layout you have up on the wall so far, Rachel! What are the blocks called that are triangles made of three little triangles and three diamonds?

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! I don't know the name of that block. Although it may have already excited, I "made it up" last spring and plan to include the pattern in my next class =)

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  17. Whooeee! I love it. Good way to use all those extras and throw in some of your cherish stashes. Do show when you finish put them all together!

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  18. That is so beautiful. I think those AMH prints go amazing in there, great choice! I love your color picks, I'm so impressed when people pull these beautiful selections from unfinished projects! If only my finished projects looked anything like your finished ones!!!

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  19. It looks absolutely stunning. Perfectly patchwork :-)
    E xx

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