A while ago, I stumbled on the Etsy shop of Sarah Young, a British artist who, among many things, screen prints teatowels with her charming artwork. The towels are printed on 100% cotton and as she suggests on her website, can be used as is as towels, or can be stuffed for a children's toy or sewn and filled with beans or sawdust to make a doorstop. I had another idea, but bookmarked the page to think about it.
In the dead of this long winter, I came across Sarah's work again, probably on Pinterest. I still had that idea in my head and decided, spur of the moment, to order a towel. If it arrived somehow different from my expectation, I could always use it as a towel. Happily, it arrived exactly as I had hoped. With no timetable in mind, I pinned the towel up on my design wall for consideration.
In the meantime, a couple of weeks ago, I came across (doing way too much of that lately, I'm afraid) a new line of fabric from Renee Nanneman (Andover) featuring some soft purples, of which I have very few in the stash. I fell off of the fabric wagon and ordered a selection from the group, Cologne & Cotton. While I love the prints and soft colors, as soon as I put them near the towel, I knew I'd need something more punchy for what I had in mind. More project marination was needed...
So the other day, rooting around for something in one of my bottomless stash drawers, I found a little stack of basket blocks I had made years ago. I was stressed out with moving issues in Indianapolis at the time and just wanted to play a bit ~ you know, 'mental health time' in the sewing room. The colors weren't doing much for me and soon were off to Chicago and another adventure. But in my hand last week, several immediately reminded me of the rabbit towel. As soon as I threw them up on the wall around it, everything came to life.
I mention this because the topic of unfinished projects often comes up around the blogs and so many feel the guilt of the weight of them. I would guess that most of us realistically have more fabric than we'll use in our lifetimes, so why must projects be a failure if they don't result in a finished piece? My philosophy is that all of our work contributes to the next project.
I'm not planning to use these actual basket blocks for what I have in mind...at this point, the combination strikes me as too obvious, too *Easter-y*. But the colors and the prints have set me off on another track with new considerations. And that's worth something, right?