i lied, some sewing did get done this weekend. but not too much! just enough to fill four little 9×9 sqaures. i continued making my wonky log cabin “roses” in different scraps (and shades) of yellow silk, using a tiny scrap of liberty of london tana lawn (a leftover from a SWAG item that my sister still won’t photograph) in the middle for the main block.
i have to admit, after spending a little bit of time with it, i’m kind of starting to understand the appeal of patchworking now. especially scrappy patchworking. the rhythm is fairly predictable, there’s not a lot of measuring happening, plus you get the bonus of seeing the pile of scraps diminish on one side while blocks pile up on the other. i started off needing about 45 minutes to make a block (approximately one episode of dawson’s creek, FYI. season 4, if you are curious), but by sunday afternoon i could knock two out in one episode of law & order (or fringe).
i definitely have enough patches to make a bodice now, and i think i love them. here they are, pinned to my form at just about the bustline. i draped some buttery yellow sheer organza that josh helped me pick out at saturday’s mood extravaganza so i could start to visualize a yoke.
the question now is how to resolve the bottom. do i hem the blocks at the natural waist and pair them with a skirt (or shorts – maybe a summer romper)? or do i make a peplum of some kind? or maybe i should play with using smaller blocks, say, 4×4, to extend the length just down to the half-hip.
i also haven’t decided if i want any sashing in between the blocks.
if you are curious, i do plan on actually making a quilt sandwich and doing some quilting. as i am planning it now, i see attaching each block to a slightly larger piece of backing, with something (maybe muslin?) in the middle to give it just a little bit of body. i think i will trace a few of the alabama chanin roses onto the blocks, and quilt them by hand. with beads? would stitching with beads be too much?
more as this story develops.