You see those little green and flowered checkerboard squares to the right. That’s how this quilt started. I’ve been looking at those little squares for weeks, wanting to sew them together. They came to me all cut up like that in a bag of scraps from Laura Israel.
Yesterday, in a frenzy, I sewed them together. Then I just added to them, what ever felt right until I got to the point where I am now. The beginnings of a quilt, about 30×40 inches.
And now, I’m stumped. I just don’t know what to do next. I’ve already tried so many things, but nothing’s working. I don’t even know how I got to this point. So I’m beginning to think I’ll have to cut it up. In half at least.
But I’m not ready to commit to that yet. I’m thinking that this quilt wants to take me to a place I haven’t been before.
Maybe it’s like when I misplace something that I use everyday, like my wallet or keys. When I’ve looked everywhere they should logically be and still can’t find them, I know it time to look in those places where they have no right being. Like in the refrigerator or the medicine cabinet. Because if they’re not where they usually are, then I put them somewhere while thinking of something else and they could be anywhere.
So instead of looking at the quilt and thinking what the next piece I sew on should look like, I’m going to think of what it shouldn’t look like. What won’t work.
And if what won’t work, doesn’t work, then I’ll cut it up.