Have a System
I have a system for just about everything. I am fortunate that systems come naturally to me. They are my coping method for life. Yes, I alphabetize my spices, arrange my fabric stash by hue and value, same for my threads. I find the time to set up and maintain a system is worth the effort. I can find what I need instantly and know what the next step in the process will be. No time wasted dithering. Am I as rigid as that sounds? Yes and no. A good thing is my systems are always a work in progress. I update and tweak them as needed.
Sue (both the name of the quilt and person being depicted) is requiring me to devise new systems. The quilt will be approximately 33″ H x 24″ W. This is the largest size I have ever attempted to thread paint and appliqué. Sue’s body will be thread painted, while her clothes are being appliquéd. There will also be a background. Feel free to make suggestions on what the background should be and how I should create it. My system is to treat Sue as I would an appliqué, building her up from back to front. I started by thread painting her right foot.
Appliqué is not my forte. Nevertheless, I will persevere. The highlights and shadows are too small to easily appliqué, so I am fusing those. I am using pillow turn appliqué for the largest pieces in the background. Each appliqué will be stitched to the background fabric with a blind hem stitch. Now that I have developed a system, I am able to tackle her tank top.
When I am not working on Sue, I am working on my 2024 Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt. It should come as no surprise I have systems for this, too. I begin by drafting my pattern.
Last week I shared how I would create the black and white fabric strips. This week I cut the strata and began piecing the centers of the blocks. Of course, with 255 blocks to make I have a long ways to go, just do the center sections. The great thing is when the color is announced in January, all I have to do is pull out those partial blocks and focus on the color of the month! Don’t you just love a good system?
A System For That Too!
The quilt is made up of blocks that are predominately half of one color and half of another. How will I make sure I make only the blocks I need? I can’t start randomly piecing blue blocks or combining blue and green, for example, or I might end up with blocks I don’t need and not what I do need. Yes, I have a system for that, too. I have created a pattern with just the navy blocks, for now. Once a block is finished, I check it off. I even have plans to place the blocks by rows in bags as I make them.
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