I recently discovered Rossie's blog and read this really interesting post about how we blog about our quilting ideas. It's so true, that you so often see people blogging "here's what I made" and maybe not so much about the ideas and inspiration behind the piece. I know that I am guilty of that myself, and I don't actually believe there is anything wrong with that, but, Rossie is encouraging us to "chat openly and often about our works in progress, inspirations and our moments of decision." I thought this seemed like an interesting challenge as, I have to admit, alot of the time I don't actually feel like I have much of a process at all! Quite often I will just get the urge to sew "something" with only a very vague idea of what, and just start pulling out fabrics and see what happens!
Today, for example, has been all about the Doll Quilt Swap. We found out who our partners were yesterday afternoon, so I spent quite a bit of time "stalking" my partner's photostream and favourites to see what kinds of things she likes. (I must give a huge shout out to the swap organisers too - they put a huge amount of effort into making sure that you are partnered with someone compatible - so I was very pleased and relieved to see that we like alot of the same things). I know that some participants in the swap start off with sketches, but I just jumped straight in and started making some little hexes.
Don't they look cute? I haven't made any of these little paper pieced hexagons for years!! I have no idea just yet if these will end up in the final quilt - in fact I think it's highly likely that I may actually make several quilts before deciding on THE one to send! But I am going to try, at least, to explain a little bit more in detail about where my ideas are coming from, and going to.