My purchase made, I was ready to exit the store. I sat on the bench at the front of the store and reflected on my purchases of yardage and fat quarters.
Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere. I studied the wall hanging with 35 different pumpkins. And then I spotted this piece.
After six months of sewing, this piece is my sister. Green is her favorite and is seen in the color of her house. But the fall colors ARE my sister’s frequent choices.
The next fabric that caught my eye was this panel of pumpkins. The pattern matched in basic colors and themes.
With a possible front and back for a project, I was ready to commit to a hand-crafted gift. I had an idea about a possible fabric already in my stash but I did need one more piece. A quick survey of the store turned up this interesting stripe.
This rich stripe was the ultimate coup d’grace. And like that I was back in the checkout lane for a second purchase.
Process: A second look, a “re-read” of the initial fabric display. A purpose. A targeted audience. A generated idea. Background knowledge. Clear intentions/expectations. Time.
Just a few of the precursors of a craft endeavor. Similar to the writing process. Also existing in many creative processes.
And last night I gifted my sister with this completed quilted table runner. You may note that the gold was not in my purchase as it was an earlier find for other similar projects.
And the reversible back side looks like this.
The design and construction went fairly quickly as I have completed over a dozen table runners.
The gift was completed three days early. On her birthday this Thursday, my sister and her daughter will celebrate. I appreciate that I could complete the construction of this gift on Sunday and Monday. In advance. And in a timely manner.
What processes do you honor?
When do you attempt idea generation?
How do you continue to learn?
How do you “name” your work?
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