At the moment I am quilting an intricate quilt with lots of different quilting designs and a lot of stitching-in-the-ditch. I often find my dulled mind pondering new ideas or solving problems or thinking about what to get the grandchildren for Christmas. Yes, it sometimes is mind numbing, but the results are so thrilling when they turn out right...not so much when they have to be ripped out.
There are times when you need a good seam ripper and here is my very special one. My daughter and her husband gave this to me. They made it from wood and purchased innards, shaping it on a lathe, and applying a beautiful finish. I love it. It fits my hand like a pencil and the business end is longer and sharper than any I have ever purchased. No clunky, monster handle. No tiny implement to cramp my fingers. No covering top to get lost or broken The upper photo shows my ripper closed. Pull the silver top off, turn it around, push it into the handle, and there is the ripper.
|My special seam ripper.|
Ruminate. One of the emerging designs that crawls around the edges of my mind is a flower. Specifically, a wild Gaillardia, also called Indian Blanket. I was desperate to take a photo so, in lieu of anything else suitable, I honed in on this poor blossom that was coming to the end of its beauty. The photo turned out to be particularly appealing to me. I want to make a quilt from it and will try painting with pencils, ink or thread to bring it alive. It won't be large and I still have to audition production possibilities. I haven't even looked at fabric yet.
Reflect. I have another spiral with a Native American theme that I am eager to do, but it is pretty big and since my present quilt is large and ungainly, I am in the mood to do some smaller projects.
Deliberate. Then there is that whole cloth quilt to be done from a design on an antique plate.
I don't think I will worry anymore about what to work on next. It will depend on my mood. Maybe I will start more than one!