Enough of all this Bernina talk, let’s get back to our regularly scheduled programming. I’ve been working on the Inchies off and on, and have a total of 400 done as of this morning. I do have to go back and replace about 20 that I already made in a light grey to black color range, since they just don’t look right on the grey, black and white background of the quilt since all the other Inchies are colored. So that leaves about 134 left to do!
I spent a couple of hours this morning taking pictures of the Inchies and loading them up to the Inchie Gallery, and now there are so many pictures that I had to make a second page! As for the quilt itself, the borders are on, I’ve designed the quilting designs, and I’m waiting on blue washout markers to come in the mail from the States, so that I can trace the designs onto the quilt top. I’ve ordered threads, and I have batting and backing in hand, so I’m almost ready to quilt, and really looking forward to it.
While I was immersed in more Inchies this afternoon, I was thinking about why I like making them so much. I really enjoy making each and every one, even the ones that don’t turn out looking exactly like I envisioned. Each one is different; it’s a little work of art all on its own, and creating these small pieces with so much depth and texture is fascinating. When one is finished, I can move on to the next, and face a new challenge to make a cohesive artwork with texture, color and design.
Sometimes I’m frustrated by a few here and there, or it will take an incredibly long time to get one Inchie done just the way I want it, but this is mostly because I don’t have all the right colors or types of embellishments on hand for all the different colors of Inchies that I’m making for this quilt. If I’d collected more beads, baubles, bits, fibers and threads over the years, or if there was a decent shop for this kind of embellishment thing within a day’s drive, I’d be in better shape, but the holes in my collection are forcing me to get even more creative!
I don’t have any preconceived notions about how they should look either, unlike most of the other quilting projects that I’ve been working on for years. If I’m machine quilting, I know how it “should” look, especially if I’m quilting for show, and I strive to bring my workmanship up to that level. With this type of project, I don’t have to do that because there aren’t bunches of other people who have already “been there, done that.” It’s incredibly liberating to know that whatever I do, if I like it and think it looks good then it’s working, and there’s no bar for anyone else to raise on this one.
Overall, I’m enjoying the process immensely. It feels like exactly what I should be doing, if that makes any sense. I figured when I started this quilt that if I could make more than 500 Inchies and not be sick of them, it’s a keeper. At 400+ and counting, I’m not tired of them yet and my creative spirit is happy and content.