This weekend I had a little patchwork rebellion. Instead of making much progress on my Brave quilt, I started something new and scrappy instead. Although that sounds innocent, it really wasn't. I know I was avoiding my Brave quilt because it's hard.
Isn't it funny how we put off hard things as if that will help? As if they'll get easier or disappear? And I don't want this to disappear. I feel I'm working on the edge of my capabilities. That's a good thing, even if it is a bit uncomfortable.
There's a balance to be had between pushing myself to try new things that will help me grow as a maker and allowing myself to relax with familiar favorites. I like both sides - the challenging and the autopilot modes. This weekend, however, I apparently wanted more autopilot!
Still, I knew I would feel yucky if I completely neglected my Brave quilt. So, I made this "B", this big, dramatic, challenging "B". In between steps, I cut and sewed scraps, starting something new that I'm not sure what I'll do with. But, oh well!
The "B" is made of improv-pieced wedges. First I created wedge semi-circles, not sure if I would appliqué the shapes or what. Eventually I realized I could use some modified improv to piece the entire thing. So I did. That's the stretching part, I guess! There's a little extra fullness in the background fabric, but nothing that won't quilt out. Victory is mine!
Now, can I go back to my autopilot scraps? Hehe. Brave may need to marinate a little while I work through this rebellion.