I am at the phase of adding some neutrals to the scrap bag quilt I am in the process of piecing.
Which kind of has me second guessing how I am putting things together. I find myself moving the rows and squares around and then standing back and squinting to fully evaluate the overall effect.
What I am learning from this totally improvisational effort is that: #1 it's a lot of fun, #2 you don't create a masterpiece on your second quilt, and #3 I am ok with #2. I also like that I am not getting irritated or rushing through. Slow and steady is my pace. It takes a lot of DOING to figure out how quilts go together. At least for me it does. I am greatly enjoying reviewing all these books again too. I bought them a year or so ago but had only skimmed them, looking at the pictures.
This time through I am reading more carefully. Marking pages I will need to come back to for reference. So much good stuff in here.
I am hoping to have enough material for my binding using these scraps from the orange family above, and the backing will come from whatever remains of the neutrals combined with these greens and browns below that I bought many years ago for who knows what.
As I work arranging and re-arranging, I think about Aunt Lois and all the generations of women who have made quilts before me. I feel certain they walked back and forth looking and moving and walking away and coming back to look again. Finally telling themselves they have arrived at just the right configuration... and locking it in. Which I am doing tonight. This weekend - the back! Which I am as excited about as the front.