First, thank you all for your generous response to my last post on grieving. I took time this weekend to read and process your comments. So many were precious or helpful, for which I am grateful both for myself and for the others who will read and benefit from our words.
I did a little sewing this weekend too. These are my cutting scraps from A Still Point in a Turning World. The bulk of them are little triangles arising from cutting diamonds or triangles from width-of-fabric strips. Because I am not the least bit tired of seeing these colors and prints together, I decided to make some pieced fabrics to use on the quilt back.
First I sewed the triangles into a bajillian half square triangle blocks. These tiny things are about 2" square, but I refused to trim them. Miniature sewing has never been my thing. Instead, I joined them together preserving points as much as possible and creating...
This zigzag strip about 38" long! Wowee! Behold the power of little things.
With the rest of my scraps, I created two other improv-ish works. This one was created from some of the extra diamonds and bigger triangles.
Together with my Still Point test block and some misc. stash fabrics, we have a quilt back. I do typically make my quilt backs from random stash fabrics. By using up fabrics that have been hanging out in my stash for awhile or are especially suited to quilt backs (because of large scale prints, for example), I keep my collection of on hand fabrics fresh. And if I remember to incorporate quilt top scraps into the quilt back.... well, that's all the better!
Last night I basted the layers together with Warm & Natural batting and 505 basting spray. The setting sun cast a brilliant pool of light on the basted quilt top that I couldn't resist sharing here. Such a dramatic beauty is light against dark.