My main dilemma - and it's such a good one - is choosing the quilt I want to do next. I've been going through my design notebook, looking at the "Inspiration" folder on my computer, and assessing my fabric stash. I bought a bolt of a light bone Moda, thinking I want to do something light. But for this time of year, dark is calling to me. So are my batiks - in fact, they are clamoring to be used. I'll save that bolt of bone for the summer.
So here are all my batiks. Now what to do with them. What I love most about these fabrics is their coloring changes depending on what a fabric is paired or teamed with. And some of these pieces are small. Whatever I do has to be scrappy, unlike the quilt I did for my nephew Nathan, highly planned with only 3 batiks.
These blocks are 6.5"x 8.5", made from 2.5" strips cut at 4.5" and 6.5". So far I'm doing 4 blocks from each pair of fabrics. As I get further into the project, I'm hoping to set these blocks directly next to one another. But I'm also thinking that I could use something dark, a black perhaps, to square off each block and create a woven effect. And of course now that I'm searching for an example of what I want I can't find it.
For half a day I did consider doing something with dots, big ones, made from my scrap table and dryer sheets, the dryer-sheet applique method. I will do this project at some point - it does have possibilities. And this leads into the biggest dilemma: fabric. I have too much. So what do I do? I buy more. Seriously, there are some fabulous on-lines sales. Then I become more determined than ever to use scraps, which is where I'm starting with my batik project. Using the smallest bits first. What fun dilemmas!