Years ago, my husband played a video game called Rock Band. One song he loved playing was called “I’m not Insane”. For some unfathomable reason, that song has stuck in my head a lot this past week while working on a new little quilt. So it all started with a Jen Kingwell design. She has a pattern called Flutterby in her book, Quilt Lovely, and I decided to make it. Here’s the quilt up on my design wall. It might just be my favorite quilt ever. I love the simplicity of the blocks, and the dynamic effect the half-square rectangles create. Someone on IG commented that they looked like tie fighters, so now I like it even better.
Then I put this quilt aside for a while to work on the Lecien quilts for Spring Market. More on those soon.
Playing with ombre fabric
To help motivate myself to finish the Lecien quilts, I bought a half-yard ombre bundle during a Craftsy sale.
I’m going to use this bundle for an upcoming pattern. The other night, I cut all the ombres into strips for that project. Aren’t they pretty?!?
Using every scrap
Then I started cutting kites from the strips, and I realized that the little scrap triangle from the kites (see on the top left corner?) would make a fun tiny half-rectangle triangle.
Which of course, made me think of the flutterby quilt. And I started thinking, hey, I could make a tiny flutterby quilt. . ..
The math was a bit dicey, because the triangles aren’t exactly the right proportion. So I started cutting, and making notes. . . .
And before too long, had a tiny little block.
Soon it was joined by three friends.
Now I have half the planned tiny quilt all cut out and ready to sew. Did I mention all the patches fit in a snack size ziplock bag?
I think the moral of this story is never impulse buy fabric to motivate yourself to finish a project. It just leads to a positive feedback loop. 🙂 How do you motivate yourself to finish projects? Are you like me in that you are way more enthralled by the fun of starting a project than finishing one?
Now, I need to get back to the Lecien quilts. . .