Initial ideas, although fun, can prove to be too much work or too fussy and toning things down can be the answer to my problems.
The other day I asked how people would finish off my bear quilt. There were quite a few great suggestions, but the one that caught my eye was Susan who said"... I would make bear paws blocks to go all around the perimeter and then bind it."
Now while I knew that she meant one of these traditional blocks, I couldn't help thinking how awesome a border with a different kind of bear paws would be.
As is always the way, I became really really excited by this idea, but it was Saturday morning and I was miles away from the computer. I waited really impatiently, and spent the rest of the day visualising exactly how I wanted to block to look. When I actually sat down behind the computer, the pattern flew together.
I could've made the paw prints smaller, but this would have made them fiddly to sew and required a lot more paw prints so that wasn't the solution.
Then it struck me.
When in doubt, simplify, simplify, simplify! That is my golden rule.
I took away the majority of the paw prints and turned the 4 remaining paw prints around.
Aaaaah! Much better!
What was created was a quilt with some detail, a small injection of humour and a clean border to the block.
It was enough, but not so much that it completely over-powered the bear.
I can't wait for my dark blue border fabric to arrive so that I can start sewing again.
Is the quilt finished like this- ummm no, I don't think so. There will almost definitely be one more (plain?) border, but I'm a very visual person and I need to see what I've created before I make the next creative decision.
In the meantime, I feel satisfied that this design is the right one and I'm very happy that this quilt is one step closer to being finished.
Do you find that your design ideas take on a life of their own like this?
If so do you love the process or does it make you nervous?