I feel like I’m creating things a bit slower these days. Long story, but there are health and pain issues I’ve been dealing with, and I just don’t have the energy to head to the sewing room at the end of the day. Oh and my daughter’s school schedule changed from last year, so even though she is in school “every day” now, the amount of time in a single block is different. I still just haven’t adjusted my sewing time to figure that out. But I’m trying to work at getting in some sewing most days because it really does add to my peacefulness. I’ve got to fulfill that desire to CREATE.
So at the advice of my friend Elena, I decided to break out my Anna Maria Horner Little Folks voile and finally do something with them. It’s taken a bit longer to work on it than I intended but that’s okay. I’m enjoying being mostly deadline free right now. And oh that voile is soft and buttery!
There is always something magical about quilt tops back lit in front of a window. You can still see the beauty of the fabric, but you simultaneously get to see all of piecing that is there too. And as a quilter, the piecing view makes me pretty darn happy. As you can see, I opted for a fairly simple patchwork idea of criss crossed triangles. But as always, working with voile adds a little something tricky to the mix.
The softness of the voile comes with a bit of a price tag in the manner of slippery to work with. So the choice to sew together triangles cut on the bias may not have been the smartest choice I ever made. lol But I gave myself leeway to just let this piece be what it needed to be. I just needed to create and I didn’t HAVE to have perfection. That’s a tough one for me folks. Perfectionism is not an easy burden/gift to shed. It often serves me well. But this project is more about enjoying the fabric rather than perfectness of my points. (Never fear, I’m sure perfectionist Angela will be back again soon…I won’t go all crazy on you and leave my type A personality in the dust)
And look at that drape!! This is why voile makes some really lovely garments. That drape is hard to beat. It’s soft and lovely and just looks like you should enjoy it. I’m so glad I finally bit the bullet and played with my voile collection – which, to be honest, has gotten a little bit out of control. I don’t use voile often enough to warrant the amount that I own. I’m going to quote my friend, Lynne, here and tell you that I “panic stashed” some voile. In other words, I bought more than I will probably need because it is in a limited run and I didn’t want to miss out on certain prints. Let’s not talk about other “panic stashed” fabrics I own *cough* Katie Jump Rope Dots *cough*.
My plan is to something a little bit different with this top…it involves a down comforter. Intrigued? I am! I hope it works! And really, don’t we all need more Little Folks love in our lives?