Thursday, August 6, 2009

Improv Inspiration

My sewing machine and i have not been spending that much time together lately, but yesterday i needed to sew. I knew that i had to sew something, anything. Right away i was drawn to my scraps from Heather. I took them out and looked them over...all sorts of shapes and sizes...and figured out right away that the best plan was some improv sewing. When i got these the other day a good friend saw them and wondered what on earth i could do with such small pieces, so it was exciting to show her what i had made with them.
I considered looking online to see if there was some kind of tutorial...but knew that would only end in me wasting valuable sewing time on the computer, being inspired by other peoples ideas and never getting to my own. I needed to free myself from being dependent on the internet and blogs. With determination and lots of excitement i just started sewing. Out came these improv scrappy log cabin blocks.
I have not done a sewing project that has been so freeing or so fun, ever. I did not worry about straight lines or perfectly cut blocks. i just sat and created. It felt good. I struggle with the differences in being crafty and being creative. I want to create but sometimes i feel so stuck in thinking about it that i get nowhere. This time i just went for it, and it turned out amazing!! I love it!! I think it is going to end up hanging in my living room and if i don't like it there i am going to use it for a table runner.
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15 comments:

Vicki said...

It's very pretty. I like it a lot!

angela said...

That's awesome! I would have done what you said - over thought it and spent all my time scanning for ideas instead of creating. They look wonderful!

Elizabeth said...

Ohhh man I love it! It reminds me of a Kandinsky painting.... =D

Elizabeth said...

whooops I meant Piet Mondrian not Wasilly Kandinsky.... i mixed the 2 paintings up in my head.... although its the mondrian pattern w/ the kandinsky colors... errr im shutting up now lol

heather said...

YOU DID AND AMAZING JOB!!!!! THEY LOOK FABULOUS!!!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THEM!!!!! I'M SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!! It is very freeing. GREAT JOB!!!!!

Colleen said...

Awesome! I too wondered what you were going to do with all of those pieces.
The picture of it hanging in the window has a really cool 3D effect going on.

Kris said...

these look great! I'm hoping to do an improv project like this for my next quilt. Just enjoy the process and use it as a way to unwind after work.

Brown Family Blog said...

love it!Looks like my sewing machine is coming out this weekend.I have to make burp cloths for someone.

MaryMary said...

Hey--I'm with Elizabeth. I originally thought Mondrian as well. It's so pretty--like a stained glass window!

Melissa said...

That is the coolest!! I can so relate to the "being inspired by others but never getting to my own"...I do that more often than I'd like.

You did well---I can only imagine how fun that was. And what a great finished product!

MLE said...

Oh my gosh, I love them!! I seriously need to do some improv! You did such a good job!

rebecs said...

these blocks are adorable! You did a great job. I need to try something like that, straight creativity.

Sese said...

I completely understand! Unfortunately whenever I try to work so free & without a plan, it doesn't end up looking that good.

rebecs said...

I dont think you can go wrong with any design with american jane fabrics. love your blocks! and the stained glass look!

leslie said...

this is MY kind of quilting block! freestyle!

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