In the strange cauldron that is my mind, what Block Party calls ‘wonky log cabin’ and what Slow Stitch calls ‘distorted log cabin’ suddenly became very compelling recently. This was the first one.
I think the triggering factors were some dyeing that really didn’t work out as I had hoped (as you heard in my last post)–some of which became the foundation for foundation piecing and some of which became strips for the log cabin itself–and cutting out and piecing a garment.
I don’t know what it is about offcuts that is so distracting to me that they take precedence over the garment or project that they are offcuts from… but this has become a theme. I think I am beginning to understand that these themes in making are not problematic and don’t require resistance. They might instead be what makes my work my own and not someone else’s. I love that this piecing strategy lets me use the odd triangular shapes that I have been struggling to use, and sometimes regretfully trimming off in the creation of squares or rectangles.
Here, they are perfect. In fact, they drive the effect in a rather lovely way.
The other happy feature is that instead of sighing and thinking ‘this is all I have left of that piece of fabric’, I can think…
‘Here is the start of something wonderful’! It is also an opportunity to use really well worn fabrics. In this case, a cotton kimono sent home from my mother-out-law. She clearly struggles with throwing away treasured threadbare fabrics and so I have been receiving gifts from her more and more regularly as the wish to have her cupboards clear has been growing in her. High quality fabrics that have seen decades of use. Damask napkins that have worn right through and which I’ve been using to interface embroidery. Cottons that make a great foundation fabric but no longer have enough integrity to become a smaller garment or even a lining. And the occasional treasure that she just can’t figure out how to use.
I am really not sure what she would make of these blocks! She loves the eco prints and has an eco print bag I am told she uses a lot. But it might still be tough to see her cherished kimono become an underlayer!