Most of the projects I am working on right now are older ideas moving towards a finish. And large. Some days it feels like I just keep sewing but nothing is happening. Have you ever felt that way? I don’t really want to start a new BIG project, because it would just feel like more of the same.
So, when Young Son brought home this mug, spoils from helping a nearby family move, it sparked my interest. It looked like a mug in need of a rug, or a potential snack in need of a mat. “Can I borrow that for a while?” I asked, “It looks like it needs a quilt.” Good boy (young man) that he is, he handed over the mug and didn’t ask too many questions.
I knew right away what the back would be, this scrap of fish fabric.
But, what to do with the front?
I had Sparkle Jane, who is doing very well but still largely confined to the couch, sort out some likely scraps. Perhaps just because I was in a creative funk I decided to try some improv piecing. Very out of my normal.
So, I stripped together a rough rectangle, then sliced three angles and filled them with 1″ blue fabric, then created this sort of wave at the bottom and attached a brown piece. Sort of sun shine through a landscape. Maybe. I am trying not to over-think it. Finished size is approximately 6-1/2″ x 10-1/2″.
I still consider myself a traditional quilter, mostly using geometric, precise (or trying to be) blocks, though people have classified some of my quilts as modern. But, this small improv piece was fun and freeing. No worry about perfection or matching or creating some great thing. Just a little gift for my son.
He seems to like it. But claims that it definitely needs a snack to go with it. Better go take care of that part.