the "B"

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.  

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.