Commit, damn you, COMMIT ALREADY.

I’ve been putting it off because…

  1. I didn’t know how to do it
  2. I needed skills I didn’t have
  3. The prospect of trying this terrified me
  4. That’s a lot of damned appliqué

But here I am. It’s been over a year since I’ve touched this project … it’s time to get started. I’ve had a design in mind for some time, but it took a while to articulate it into even a simplified design – each time I drew it, it got simpler and simpler and simpler.

Adam and Brenda’s wedding quilt is “Say Yes, Let’s Go.”

It has simplified itself into a tiny color palette. The largest stars will be subtler than this – possibly two-toned? but the intended effect is visible: a medium-on-dark star and a medium-on-light star, circled by stars of the opposite tone, with a medium-on-medium center star.

Send help, because this beast will be 100” square and there’s no way to get out of hand-stitching down all those points. I bought the backing fabric this afternoon (Moda’s “Primitive Gatherings” from their “Primitive Muslin” line) and I’ll pick up freezer paper when I hit up the grocery store.

What I said when I posted the first draft of this image, which was radically different from this one: 

'Funny that it had a name before it had a finished design. Usually it's the other way around. (I'm holding the name in reserve, just to make sure, because once I say the name publicly, I'm stuck with it.)'

I've radically simplified the design and am much happier with this version. I don't have to ask if it's right. I know. I'll have to scrap / repurpose my earlier work, but it wasn't wasted. I learned from it.

The next draft was posted at www.flickr.com/photos/domesticat/6083481652Draft 2

I won’t grow if I don’t keep pushing myself.

Time to grow.

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