I couldn’t wait to get started sewing with my new (to me) little featherweight, so I pulled out a charm pack I’d had laying around for quite a while. I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to make, but I just started to enjoy the process. Here’s what I came up with:
I just started sewing and cutting and cutting and sewing and arranging the blocks different ways. When I finally got my final square done, it was the perfect size for a cover for the featherweight.
I know my piecing looks like half square triangles, but I really didn’t intend them to at first. I made 4 patches, cut them diagonally, sewed squares back together and did it again. More complicated yes, but the rhythm I got into while working was wonderful and soothing.
About a week after finishing this project, I read this article from Sherri Lynn Wood at daintytime about improv quilting. I was really struck by what she said, about it really being a process and all about discovery. The discovery on this project is what drove it. I didn’t set out to make a cover, it’s just what came out. I didn’t follow a pattern, not that I ever really follow a pattern perfectly any way. To me, now, half the fun of quilting is using a pattern or traditional design as a starting point, and doing it my way.
After all, isn’t that what art is all about?