I thought I wanted elegant quilts, Victorian looking, with lots of stunning quilting like Margaret Solomon Gunn. I thought I would like to draw pictures with the quilting needle like Bethanne Nemish. I do love their quilts, but their way of quilting doesn't manage to magically appear on my screen from my own brain. However, as I fiddled around with my stars, playing with ideas, moving and manipulating shapes and colors, I made a remarkable discovery. I LOVE intricate designs! I think I have always loved them.
When I go to my Idea file I find all kinds of geometric designs.
|Mosaics are all over the Mediterranean. |
Don't remember which country this is from.
|Fountain at Hassan II mosque in Casablanca|
|Sconce. University of TX in Austin.|
|Doorway/gate in Paris|
|Hassan II mosque in Casablanca|
Once I recognized that I love designs, I realized that I am also drawn to them everywhere I go. I take photos of them, I scratch them onto my grocery list. I love to create kaleidoscopes and spiral quilts. Designs are in my DNA I guess, and actually DNA is a pretty cool design itself.
My four paper-pieced stars remain pending, currently unloved, waiting for inspiration. I am working on my new quilt, which is a complicated, interesting design. It is exciting watching it evolve as I think about how to quilt it.
Sew some happy seams this week. I wish you insight into your inner design wall.