Venturing outside of my box again……

I am always very envious of people that come up with their own designs.  While I sometimes create beautiful things (not so recently though) they are not usually something I came up with. This sort of bugs me.  I want it all to be me.  Likely why I can’t send a quilt off to be quilted by someone else.

I am usually getting my inspiration for things (mostly quilty stuff) by looking at other people’s work, magazines and books.  I am sure we all do.  Sometimes in my mind I am skill building, which is not always bad.  But I always have in the back of my mind that I want it to be all mine from design to finish.

So, last week I finished my “One Monthly Goal” (have not posted yet, this picture is just20170622_182605 the embroidery).  As I hung it up in my dining room, I took a step back and realized this is a one of a kind piece of work.  No one else will have anything like it.  The only part I did not design was the embroidery.  It was a kit my Oma gave me when I was a teen.  But the rest, all me (with all my blog friends advice).  So, why did I think that I could not do my own designs?  Honestly, when I did that piece, I was not thinking about designing a one of a kind piece.  But, that is what happened.

Well, maybe I can.  I will start with something small.  Maybe I do it more than I realize.  Not really sure.  So, I am always practicing on Table Toppers and small pieces.  So, Figured I would try my hand at my own small piece.

I took a piece of homespun fabric that I didn’t like.  Funny because, it was in the local guild quilting garage sale and no one bought or traded for it.  I wanted to not waste something that I liked, fabric wise.  So, I went to my “What were you thinking when you bought that fabric box?”  Then I went to my scraps for the leaves.  I have to admit, they are some of my favorite fabric scraps.  Hand Dyed, which I actually dyed.

I no longer hate the homespun.  Funny how that works.  Still need to finish it, which I will.  Not exactly sure on my curvy base, but I may still work on that.  Is it too busy? Would love your thoughts, all of you give great advice.  Thanks!

Happy Sewing

Happy Quilting

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25 thoughts on “Venturing outside of my box again……

  1. I like your leaves and great that you dyed the fabric yourself, did you make the dye or buy it? I just bought a book about home made dyes but I haven’t tried them yet. I completely agree with you when you say you like to do it all yourself, I could never send a quilt anywhere to be quilted 🙂 but I’m not good at machine quilting so usually quilt by hand.

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  2. I love your table topper and I do not feel that the leaves are too bright. With the base being darker it is exactly what is needed to add pizazz. I always say that I am a good copy-er as I have no imagination to come up with something on my own. Your work is always fresh and lovely.

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  3. Lori – I like the way each scallop has a leaf, and how symmetrical it is, including the center. The homespun fabric adds another “design element” because it is a bit of a texture along with the woven plaid. I really like the way you have everything placed. The leaves are lovely! You are a tease you know, with your peak at the embroidery…..I can’t see a full screen shot, only a little thumbnail size! I guess I will wait for the OMG posting. 🙂

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  4. I love the scalloped edge, it makes the leaves look like they are falling. I love the contrast with the leaves and the darker background. The leaves are perfectly colored, just like real leaves! It’s not too busy in my opinion – in fact, I am thinking maybe you should add some embroidery details – light colored “wind swirls”, some leaf veins, a bird? Not sure, but I think it is an extraordinary start! Also – you should totally design your own stuff. And then sell me the patterns. 🙂 Keep up the good work, I’m enjoying watching your progress!

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  5. I have some old homespun I need to pull out and love on. I think it is under appreciated with all the fabulous modern fabrics and hand dyed fabrics we have available today. Nice Fall table topper!

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  6. You are really doing a fantastic job of designing (beginning). This is my favorite! I agree on the scalloped edges – it seems to make the piece! Your leaves are wonderful. Like the shape of them.
    I would say – pat yourself on the back!!!!! Good job Lori

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