So what do I do when I am not sewing? Cleaning house goes only so far. I don't bake because we have cut out sugar and carbs as much as possible. So I design. I lay in bed in the morning free motion thinking as I awaken, and slowly the ideas are coming together for another quilt. I killed time some months ago between projects making four paper pieced stars, each different. Then I moved on and let them sit. They have given me a start for new ideas. As for the stars I don't use, I am thinking I might cut them into 2" strips and use them for part or all of a border. I don't know if that will work or not, but it will be fun to try. I should be able to make this quilt from my stash. Won't that make DH happy?
I started with a design from Carol Doak's "50 Fabulous Paper-pieced Star" page 122, which I drew in Illustrator. You can do this on paper, but I like working it out on the computer. I changed the slant of one line just because. I drew a hexagon for the center.
|Two spokes of a star. One hexagon.|
Then I created a star by putting the two star pieces together and rotating the whole by 90 degrees three times to get all eight points.
TIP: Don't be afraid to break the rules. Many rules are mere guides.
Another way to play with designs is to create a line drawing and fill it with color. That's what all those colored pencils are for - right?
TIP: Simplicity. Remember the whole design is nothing but one pieced triangle in a right and a left version. Like the cells of your body make you a complex whole, so is a quilt design.
Sew some happy seams this week or have fun drawing out your creative ideas.