Where did those 25 days go? I have be messing about with fabric pens, dimensional paint, scraps of material and embroidery floss and created a quarter of the squares. I’ve been sharing a photo everyday over here on Instagram along with a few words. I am smiling all over my face as I write because I absolutely adore this project.
The first 16.
Since I’m plod, plodding along I wanted to get a few of my thoughts and feelings about the project so far down ‘on paper’ because I know I’ll hit a wall at some point so let’s celebrate these first 25 days with a little honesty.
Here’s quick list of things that have come into my head so far –
- I don’t love every square and have made some mistakes
- I’m not doing it over if I don’t like it (yet anyway!)
- I’m a little panicky about them all looking the same
- I’m getting too conscious about the designs/colours matching other days nearby in the layout
- I dislike dimensional paint!
- I love applique
- Play is good
Here’s a bit more of a ramble about point 4.
Seeing my ‘grid’ of squares grow over on Instagram makes me want them all to be cohesive. I will hold my hand up and admit that I’ve made a pile of squares all in order of how I want to use them for the next 15 days. Is that cheating?
First of all Mel, it’s your project so you can do what you like and second of all if it is then so what! Maybe I’ll loosen up on this as time goes on or maybe I won’t and I’ll keep planning the fabric choices based on the other growing rows of squares. It’s just one of those quirks in my personality that I’m very matchy matchy.
Play is good. Below is a great example of how I played with card and supplies and made a template so I could use it as a mask.
I went for the ‘negative’ look so used the cut out hearts as the mask.
I loved making that template. But unfortunately the stamp I picked to create the design over the masked hearts didn’t allow those ‘negative’ hearts show up enough. (Plus I seem to have some old blue paint on the stamp….)
So I grabbed a Mister Huey’s spray mist and covered the square in pink ink!
This is one of the ones I don’t like. The combination of slightly patterned background fabric with the swirls and then the pink is too much. But it’s staying in the mix of squares if only to make me remember that play is good but test things out first is also a necessary part of play.
The dimensional paint issue. So on day 2 and 10 I used Tulip dimensional fabric paint. I loved day 2 but when I came to use it on day 10 my test runs with the white matt paint just looked awful. I’d committed to using paint on that day so I just did it. You can see the result in the last photo below. It’s the grey square with three white hearts and that zig zag border. It turned out ok and I like the addition of a border, something I’d yet to try. My thought about the paint overall should have been a good thing as it was pushing me to different things. But really I just didn’t want to work with the paint again.
Then I looked at the three tubes of paint and knew there was no way I wasn’t going to use them on this project again so I googled dimensional paint and came up with the technique I used here.
I drew the hearts onto a sheet of card and smushed the fabric square onto the paint. It’s so messy and imperfect but I love it. I really like the ‘negative cream heart on the inside of the paint and think I’ll try this again but paint the hearts closer so I get hardly any space between smushed hearts on the finished square. We will see.
I found that I was panicking around day 15 when all I seem to have made were squares with a big heart in the middle or squares with random little hearts. I know that really that wasn’t the case because when you look at them all laid out they do vary but that’s how I felt. I tried to just ignore those feelings and make the next square.
Just pushing on is really all you can do in a project like this because if you don’t you end up not making anything and that day is suddenly gone.
Day 24 is perhaps my most fav square of all. You know how I love a spotty fabric…… And my new love of the applique technique.
Below are all 25 laid out as they will be when I put them together as a quilt. Day 1 is top left.
I think you can tell by the length of my ramblings that I’m loving this so much and that is the most important part. Bring on the next 75!