I started a new project on Saturday. Yes, a new project! My mojo was screaming “YES, BABY! A NEW PROJECT, SQUEE!” once that decision was made. I was so focussed in June on getting projects finished that I have been very stingy with new starts. 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 . That 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 and the colours you want Then, 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 really, I do think organized random may be an oxymoron. This will 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 so it got dubbed the Insanity Quilt.
I chose a red and a black material from my stash and diverged from the modern vibe of the pattern by using a more traditional white floral print as the background material. It wasn’t that insane to sew and making the half square triangles didn’t take as long as I thought. Laying it out and not rotating pieces when sewing it together was the biggest challange. Though, really, if I rotated a block who would eally know?
As I was making it the quilting plan came to me. I’d stipple (as I need to keep practising) on the white areas. On the shapes of the larger triangles and coloured blobs I would do echo quilting. And my stash had in it a perfect backing, bonus!
The finished project:
It’s 36″ square so it is not a big project – hence why was completed so quickly. And even better it’s finished. So now I have no guilt for starting something new when I have so many projects on the go.