Still in the 'in between' state.
After slamming to finish two large quilts, a wall hanging, a Scot Pirate tailcoat, 6 head wraps and 4 shirts in the last two months, a few days away from the sewing room might be a good thing for my hands. The brain however is not taking a break. I have a few things lurking in the background that need some design time put in on them.
I don't follow a lot of blogs (yet) so I was catching up on some older posts on my dear friend Martha's hand weaving blog (tandrhandweaving.blogspot.com) and ran across the post from Oct. 29, 2012 showing her brand new barnette that I need to design and paint a barn quilt for. I have the wood cut & primed and it's been waiting for me. I also prepped a second one for the shed for my folks place in Michigan, but that's not pressing. Martha is an incredibly talented weaver, seamstress, cook, homesteader, knitter and yes, she quilts & paints too! Trying to pick a quilt pattern for her has been a bit of a challenge but I think I finally have it narrowed down. Mart has always been partial to the Irish Chain pattern but I wanted something a bit more detailed. And then I found 'Entwined', a variation Irish Chain pattern from the book "40 Fabulous Quick Cut Quilts" by Evelyn Sloppy. I plan on tweaking this a bit to fit the 24" square for the barnette and then add my own twist on it. Just need to plot out the design on graph paper, pick some colors, plan my attack & get busy.
Hopefully, I can get this to translate to the wood & not lose detail. Wonder how I'm going to incorporate my twist into it. Bet Martha's wondering the same thing!