Some days, actually getting on with something seems to be a challenge. I respond well to deadlines, especially when they’re looming. But when there’s a seemingly generous amount of time before a deadline or – even worse – there’s no deadline, I am altogether too good at spinning my wheels. I have had a particular quilting project in mind for at least a year now, but because we have no bed crying out for a new quilt and no family member showing any desire for a new quilt, my ideas have been languishing. Today, bolstered undoubtedly by my lack of interest in what I am supposed to be doing (but its deadline hasn’t pushed it into the urgent quadrant yet), I have been dusting off my quilting idea.
My concept is … trees! I know, that sounds a bit lame and also not much to go on. But I think they provide a grand theme; there are so many trees that are emblematic of special places … or seasons … or experiences. Some of my favourites are:
Then of course there are willow trees, palm trees, and Christmas trees. The acacia trees in southern Africa. You can just close your eyes and see them, can’t you? Do any of these trees have special significance for you?
It’s not just the shapes, size and colours of trees that help differentiate them, their leaves do too. So right away I have all kinds of design decisions to make. Should I go with tree shapes and silhouettes or maybe just with leaves? Or mix it up. How stylized should I make my trees? But wait a minute, what am I even making? Maybe placemats … or a wall hanging … or maybe a full quilt? I have a bias towards full quilts, but I seem to have run out of beds. If I go with place mats I could try a different design on each placemat. Now there’s a thought: some placemats with full trees and their signature shapes, other placemats with just leaves, and a table runner that brings in both. Hmm, see how helpful it is to think out loud? I’m brainstorming all by myself! Time for the next step.
I’ll get back to you on this … 🙂