WIP Wednesday – The Log Cabin Blues
I haven’t done a WIP Wednesday in a while, and since I had a spare thirty-seven seconds this evening, I thought why the sparkle not?! A couple of months ago I started searching for a project that I could work on in short bursts with little need for attention to detail. My head has been crammed with everything else for so long, I ached for just some meditative, sewing release.
Looking around my sewing studio, all my new fabrics were begging me to use them. “Pick me! No, bitch, pick me! Over here! Cut me up! Me! Me! Meeeeeee!” Lordy, they’re a noisy, demanding bunch. As much as I wanted to create a new fabric bundle and design something completely original, I suspected using any new fabrics would require a lot more attention to detail. Attention I just didn’t have to give.
So I ogled my overflowing blue scrap bin instead. I emptied it out on the floor and just started organising the scraps by hue and value (meaning: the colour of blue, and it’s relative lightness and darkness). There were so many scraps. Like, so many. I nearly just shut the door and walked out because there had obviously been some mad-scrap-baby-makin’-lovin’ going on while I had been away.
Privacy be damned! I decided using all these scraps in organic log cabin blocks would be the fastest, and most stress-free sewing experience. Everything was already pre-cut, I didn’t have to worry about points or seams lining up, and the final sizing was completely irrelevant. So here we are, fifteen blocks later, and The Log Cabin Blues quilt is starting to take shape.
I’m not entirely out of scraps, but I have made a significant dip into the useable sizes. I may even be tempted to go back and use some of those insatiable new-to-the-stash fabrics! A few logs here and there may just squelch their cries of desire! Until then, I’m satisfied with this slow and bluesy song that’s starting to form.