It's always interesting to look back at what might
have influenced you in a certain direction
when you're ready to start something new.
Here are 4 perfect events that influenced me.
1. As a quilter and a X-stitcher, we have all been
saddened by the passing of Barb Adams, who was
part of Blackbird Designs along with Alma Allen.
This lead me to revisit all of their wonderful books and patterns
I've collected over the years.
So many wonderful ideas.
2. I recently sorted through my wool fabrics and
decided to share pieces with friends.
I had a large piece of off white wool. When I
showed my friends they all said, "Kyle, put that back
in your stash. You might need that!"
3. Also in the past 2 months I have relocated
most of my fabric stash from one place to another.
The good part is that you familiarize yourself again
with what you have and the bad part is
you realize just what you have!
My flannel collection had not been reduced in quite awhile
and I thought maybe I should work on that.
4. Ideas come and go like the ebbing of the tides, but one
that I always seem to come back is a log cabin design.
I had been thinking about making blocks with a larger
center square and using the center as a platform for an applique.
So where did all of that lead me?
The idea was sparked from a pattern found in a series of booklets
called Christmas Memories.
I pulled red and green flannels
and cut strips. Then I subcut the strips
into the correct lengths for the log cabin pieces.
I find if I take the time to do that,
my blocks stay square and all the same size,
especially if you use your walking foot on your machine
when you're working with flannels.
But before I sewed the blocks together, I
fused off white wool snowflakes to the large center squares and
then whipped the edges with a DMC wool floss.
Once the blocks were sewn they lacked the luster
of new fallen snow.
It was then I decided to stitch crystal beads
to the points of the 20 snowflakes.
I attached the 3 beads to each point as a separate unit.
Just in case a bead becomes loose, all of them won't fall off.
For quite awhile, I was in a spot waiting for inspiration
and not having anything in mind of what to work on next.
I do like where all of the different influences ended up leading me.
57" x 69"
I'm glad I was open to combining events and letting
my creative muse inspire my imagination.
I hope you are too.
Until Next Time-