Yoga is a wonderful teacher for life. I love how each class starts with something simple, such as counted breath or cat cow. Slowly, slowly the class builds, circling back to the initial exercises and adding one or two more. If things get too strenuous, no problem. It is permitted, even encouraged to take a break in a simple pose or skip the tricky sections and modify them with something familiar and easy. A class always finishes the same way, in total rest.
Applying Yoga Logic
Time to tackle Sue. She is both my college roommate and the working name of my current quilt. If Sue were a yoga pose, she would be one of those insane pretzel shaped handstands. Yes, I do yoga. No, I don’t even attempt most of the poses I shared on the link. However, I do challenge myself with what to others may appear as impossible quilts. Just like with yoga I easy into the tough quilts.
A great way to start and build confidence is to select the fabric. Sue’s sweatpants have grays of many values ranging from very light to nearly black. There are several ways to compare fabric values. One of my tricks is simply to scan the fabric, using my printer’s gray scale setting, in what I believe the value order is. I’m pretty good at figuring out the value scale of my fabrics, but it is helpful to double check.
Once I nailed down the fabric I pulled out my threads. I will be appliquéing Sue’s clothing, but thread painting her body. I have 26 spools of white through block values, predominately in the tan/brown family with hints of yellow and coral.
Take A Deep Breath
It’s time to begin. I take a deep breath and start thread painting Sue’s right foot. Yes, the highlights and shadows are clear. I will share a photo when a bit more is done.
It takes courage to take the first stitch. Time to treat myself to an end of the week playtime in the studio. I turn to my 2024 Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt for the equivalent of a yoga class final resting pose. I feel rejuvenated by cutting strips of fabric and sewing straight seams. Now I have the strength and confidence to continue to work on Sue next week.
My 2024 Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt will have 255 blocks. That is an average of just over 28 blocks in 9 months. Hence, I am giving myself a head a start. 🙂
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