You all have greatly encouraged me to take the plunge into creativity. Even though I am not quite ready to totally leave the dock – I am thrilled to report that I have dipped in my big toe and it feels great!
While I haven’t taken a trip to Dairy Queen lately (where I need to report that my favorite blizzard flavor is Cappuccino Chip) – I did go to a fabric store and purchased material for the sudoku quilt idea. I am SO excited!
I new that I wanted to focus on purples because of the Grandmother issue and the fact that I have embraced the poem, When I Grow Old I Shall Wear Purple…..but I also really love soft greens and turquoise (which happen to coordinate well with purple on the color wheel). So these are the batiks that I chose for this first quilt.
I spent this evening pre-washing the material, ironing, and cutting out.
Now as my husband commented….this is not your grandmother’s quilt – and it does take a bit of preparation and organization to complete. I have placed each of the nine different materials in baggies to keep them organized (and also identified them each a post-it note). I plan to take out only one piece at a time as I work on the corresponding block. I am hoping that this helps eliminate confusion – which at this stage in life, is quite a welcomed concept.
I then cut a swatch of each of the nine materials and made myself a cheat-sheet – so that I could properly follow the sudoku pattern without much mishap. Since the colors are very similar – I am hoping that this swatch card will help me to follow the “pattern” I envision each square as its own abstract painting – although a bit different from one another. Watercolors always seem so serene to me and evoke feelings of peace and relaxation. Who knows what I will actually end up with.
I googled searched “completed sudoku puzzles” and found this image. I think it will work as good as any. The concept is to use the same nine fabrics in a nine different combinations – thus creating a ‘sudoku’ puzzle out of colors and patterns rather than out of numbers. The possibilities are endless!
I also have an idea of doing a quilt for my son using only black/white fabrics with a splash of red. We’ll see how this one works out first.
So there you have my quilt idea. Not quite a literary concept – but it has been influenced by my novel idea that focuses on the Impressionists.
I will also share a few of the poems I have found this week in Caroline Kennedy’s anthology, She Walks in Beauty. I am thoroughly enjoying this book – and I appreciate that Ms. Kennedy is teaching me to s-l-o-w down and enjoy the language and images of these thoughtful pieces.