I took a couple Elizabeth Hartman classes at the local Modern Domestic this spring. The trickier of the two for me was the letter piecing class and I went into the classes without a big-picture in mind; I went more to tinker. So as we were tinkering, I had to make up a project to use them in on the fly.
If you have a chance to take a class from Ms. Hartman or see her speak, please do. She’s eloquent, amiable and has this way of explaining that totally jives with my brain. She’s a hand-talker, if you know what I mean, as am I, so I can get behind the hand-signal visuals!
Anywho, I’ve been procrastinating finishing the piecing I started, and with Le Viking on her sabbatical, there’s no time like the present. During the class, I made a big “A” the first day, and came back the next week with an “is for Alex” sort of plan. I didn’t quite have a grasp on a visual in my head going into it, so my first set of colors with the big A…well, it’s boring and drab. So I came back with a better mix…but it’s still…meh.
Alex is going to be 8 this fall, and I’m kinda borderline on making something here too young for him, while also trying to add in other colors. I think I can safely add in some orange, lime and/or blue…I’m waffling….
I’ve got the “…is for…” cut out in oranges and some squares to make a triangle border around Alex to…I dunno, POW it up a bit.
At first I made a big arrow (A is for…) with the Anna Marie Horner feather pattern but…
Decided the leftovers actually look better for this purpose:
I think I’m going to scrap those feathers too, however, and make a new multicolor set in that same shape to bring in more…just more. Mr. Owl isn’t saying anything. He just sits there with his fancy feather pins in different colors, mocking me.
I’m futzin’ around with an apple idea…
I’m really feeling stuck with this one….which is why I keep staring at it and cutting squares for different quilt…..and staring at it…and cutting….
If I were to continue, how the F am I going to make an alligator or an atom….yeah. I’m going to go cut some more squares now.