I found myself in a bit of a quandary when Penny told us what she wanted us to make for her month of Busy Bees. To quote her: “The theme for April is crazy, busy, scrappy! ” Uhmmm…yeah. If you know my work, you know that I tend to be neither crazy (we’re talking sewing people, not personality!), nor busy (again sewing, not time). I do scrappy all the time. In fact I love scrappy….but together with crazy and busy? That I don’t do. I do nice orderly scrappy. 😉
Penny gave us this mosaic for inspiration:
I know, I know…they’re so pretty. It shouldn’t strike terror into my heart! lol. But I am out of my realm when someone wants me to put together fabric this way. It is so different from how I normally think about fabric. I think that I have a little equation in my head for how I determine what fabric to pick…and I’ve gotten very comfortable with that. So this block idea S – T – R – E – T – C – H – E – D me.
In the end, after putting it off and putting it off, I decided to do a little of me and a lot of Penny. I can’t help it. I had to have some order! So half-square triangles won the day. But they did so in a way that I would not have done on my own without prompting.
And you know what? I kind of love it. I kind of hate it too, but I’m surprised at what fabrics make this style work…they are of course the fabrics that I would shy away from in my nice little Joel Dewberry/ Anna Maria Horner etc. loving world. These are fabrics put together with (moderately) crazy abandon! And it’s really fun to see what crazy, busy, and scrappy can look like.
I didn’t use a brown bag method or anything like that because A) I’m too controlling and B) I wanted to evenly distribute color, light/dark throughout the block myself. Hmmm….it’s really just all about A) I’m too controlling. 😉
Some of these are scraps that Penny sent us, but others are my own. She wanted a bit of each of us in the block. I think my design alone is a bit of myself….but I happily traded her ridiculously fabulous scraps for some of my own. 😉
I just find it so interesting what you can do when you make something for someone using a technique or fabric that you are not naturally drawn to…and how much you can love it.
I hope you enjoy the block Penny!