I started a new project on Saturday. Yes, a new project! My mojo was screaming “YES, BABY! A NEW PROJECT, SQUEE!” once that decision had been made. I was so focussed in June on getting projects finished that I have been very stingy with new starts and my mojo seems to thrive on new starts. My quilting mojo is back.
I had no idea what I wanted to do other than something “different”, which covers much territory and really doesn’t help narrow down the search for ideas. Then I remembered I had followed a linky party entry to a blog called Savor Every Stich where there was this cool program called Haphazard. Haphazard is a program where you put in the size block you want as your large block, the colours you want, and you choose how big and complex you want the quilt. The program then generates, at random, a pattern using half square triangles. And yes it’s very random. Very very random.
Well that qualified as different as well as just outside my comfort zone! Perfect! I like scrappy but I like it to be very carefully balanced organized scrappy – though I do think organized random may be an oxymoron. This would stretch my ability to go random! I generated a few different possiblities and finally settled on this one:
My friend Bonnie, when I showed it to her said I was insane, and such it got dubbed the Insanity Quilt.
I chose a red and a black material from my stash and went away from the modern vibe of the pattern by using a floral print white as the background material. It really wasn’t that insane to sew and making the half square triangles didnt take as long as I thought it would. Laying it out and not rotating pieces when sewing it together was the biggest challange (though really if I rotated a block who would really know?).
As I was making it the quilting plan was coming to me. I’d do strippling (as I need to keep practising) on the white areas and quilting echoing the shapes of the larger triangles and coloured blobs. And had a perfect backing in the stash, bonus!
The finished project:
It’s 36″ square so not a big project – hence why it got done so quickly. And even better as it’s finished I have no guilt for starting something new when I have so many projects on the go.