An armful of fabric scraps landed in the bin and were retrieved shortly thereafter. Thankfully, it was a clean bin. For a brief moment, I’d forgotten the plan.
The fabric scraps are predominantly blue. Perhaps I’m going through a blue phase? If that’s the case, then I’ve been going through it for years. Pragmatism has resulted in a preponderance of blue in my wardrobe.
The plan was to extend that pragmatism to patchwork and, if inclination permits, quilt these scraps into bed linen.
But how to start?
I know from experience that nothing will happen if I stockpile them until there’s enough. They will sit in a box and become smelly and mouldy, and forgotten, before I commit.
Such delays are nothing more than preciousness. If I’m to expend the effort, I want to create the best I can. This object is intended to last. But that approach becomes a stumbling block because I rarely have a block of time to devote to planning, let alone the huge amount of time required for the execution. One wrong snip or stitch requires back-peddling and problem solving, which is again more time, more delay.
Some might suggest that a pragmatic response is to stop being precious about it. I’ve got an alternative suggestion …
Develop a process that allows for a decent end product AND a streamlined construction method AND that can be deployed whenever there is a scrap of fabric at hand.
While carrying the scraps back from the bin this morning, I remembered strip piecing. It is a form of patchwork where the pieces are joined in a long row and then the rows are joined together.
If I make the rows different widths, I will be able to make best use of the variously sized scraps.
If I have more than one row on the go at a time, then the scraps I’m currently producing can be scattered amoung the different rows. I don’t even have to always join the new pieces to the same end. The rows can grow to the left and right.
The design element comes later, when I sit them side by side and work out which row goes where. I’m not interested in ensuring all the little seams line up. Pragmatism means the result will have a staggered, brickwork style of patterning.
That’s settled. Now, let’s get started.