WiP Wednesday #14 – An Artist Again
Have you ever been so consumed by something that nothing else in the world in that moment could even begin to matter? You know, those unassuming things like, hearing your favourite song from ten years ago on the radio, raiding the freezer for Rocky Road ice cream at midnight, or his lips brushing against your neck as he whispers “I love you.” It’s like everything else fades away, and you are left in a moment of unintended concentration on the experience at hand. Well, that, my sparkle children, is my Bloom Bloom Pow quilt.
I haven’t felt this creatively inspired since my university days when I used to spend hours in a dark room processing print after print of nude men splashed in everything from paint to cherry pie filling. (All true! If my camera could talk!) Maybe it’s the colours, my virginal experience of a quilt along, or the pent up energy wasted on making quilts with others in mind, but every step of this quilt is life giving.
Mr. Sparkles laughs and gives sideway glances simultaneously, as I take over the living room floor, dining room, and kitchen, with this project. I feel like a painter as I step back at every step and analyse what’s missing, what’s working, and where it needs to go. I am an artist once again, and that for me is such an unexpected surprise, one I am incredibly grateful for it. It gives me hope I can get back to the art-filled life I once had. (No regrets of where I am today, just, life, as it does, took a detour!)
So these are some of my in progress shots of my Bloom Bloom Pow quilt. As you’ll probably discern, it’s growing day by day–even larger than the instructions dictated! I’m nearly finished with the quilt top, as I’ve cut the final bloom tonight. However, Lee’s QAL instructions wanted us to cut the edges off, and I just couldn’t bare to do that! So I drew myself a digram of what was needed to make two “petals” and am using those as “Inset Blooms” that I’ll feel better about cutting in half once they are in place.
I’m working slowly on this to get it just right, but I hope you’ll come back to see the finished piece, as I have the backing, quilting and binding planned out in my head, and they are going to be as inspirational as the front. If I do say so myself!
If I told you that I’m linking up with Freshly Pieced, you’d do it too, right?