I was back in the garden again today but got a bit of sewing done late last week. The pattern is Kyoto Garden by Judy Martin. I’ve sewn enough of each unit in the quilt to start getting an idea of how it will look. The picture in the book is lovely but my random blues are a very different colorway and much less planned so I was impatient to see units come together. The plan for now is to make the quilt 3x4 stars, and perhaps use a plainer pieced border than the intricate one in the original pattern.
Back in high school I went to yearbook photography camp. The first thing we were asked to do was shoot a whole roll of film in 30 minutes. Being used to snapping the shutter very selectively because every snap cost film and developing, this was quite a challenge but it taught me to just jump in and take pictures willy-nilly. I think I need the equivalent class for scrap quilting. Even just using all blues, I’m taking much too long sorting my fabrics and trying to place them just so, with not too much light together, or too similar, or too clashing… I suspect I’m even going to lay out all the units on the wall and move several around before I start sewing them all together. Isn’t scrappy supposed to be random? Perhaps this is the quilt that will help me let go a little, like that photography class.