I've been a lot of places lately, mentally that is. Feeling so busy and scattered and focused (or not) and concerned. Sometimes when that happens, I go back to a place of comfort. So I watched a bit of this movie while eating dinner last night. It is my movie. It is 15 year old me. But it is a part of me that stays real and true. It fits in with some of what the sewing circle has been talking about.
Things that change...shift...morph or deepen. All to come full circle, right back to who you always were (or a part of you). Why is that? I think part of it is, because, well at your core...you are who you are baby! Yes we all grow, change and evolve. And it is good to reflect and consider elements of yourself from time to time. It is good to be a person of continuing education (in whatever form that takes). But some days, some moments...one needs to wallow in self-ness. That's important too.
As far as MD goes...I had an idea. It felt like a big idea. I had been sewing on my heart sampler and it has been feeling important. It's had something to say to me. I wanted to keep it near me for a long while. Then suddenly, in a burst, I thought what if...you could wear your important blanket. Not such a far-fetched idea (think big-seller Snuggle blanket - the blanket with sleeves). But I was thinking, not like a skirt or jacket or even a cape (a-la Grace). I thought what if...it was a quilt and then it wasn't. And so, I thought of the blanket/poncho.
With a neck hole that could be 'covered' with the heart sampler. Button on...Button off. I thought that I could place buttons strategically so if I was wearing it and I so desired, I could add the heart sampler back on.
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I have seen folks with their posts and/or design walls - starting in the center or with a collage foundation. I like both approaches very much, but I just keep thinking how I may want to keep this with me in a different way.
I am having trouble with a few things about this cloth. There are things I am problem-solving.
- In some moments it feels too contrived. I want it to evolve and be organic. I have enjoyed watching Jude's & Grace's process. I love the collage of Nat's browns. But I had asked myself, "What is the purpose of this cloth?" The answer fits this poncho idea perfectly. So, then is it contrived? Am I trying too hard? Or am I setting it up so it can then evolve - in which case it is just part of the prep process. Right? It is just a cloth that has a hole in the middle, no big deal right?
- I have been planning on having the hearts be a finished block, so when it is buttoned on, covering the hole it has a 'back' as does the rest of the cloth. Right now the heart sampler is about 12X11+. I have no idea how big a poncho neck hole should be to make it functional. Suggestions? I plan on adding on some dyed neutral blocks (maybe 1X1 or 2X2) around the main sampler to make it bigger.