So the last few things I've made have been for Other People, and that is an honorable and worthy pursuit, and one I will happily continue. But I do find myself stressing a little about making something worth giving away, and that slows me down (as it well should.) However, with as many theoretical-quilts as I have floating around in my brain, and with as much fabric as I've amassed over the past year, it behooves me to whip out something small and meaningless from time to time, both as a sop to my increasingly loud and insistent quilt-muse, as a skill-building venture, and a reminder of the pleasure to be had in making something practical, but not perfect. Sometimes I just itch to do, without thinking too hard about what I'm doing. In fact, that's pretty much the story of my life.
So I'm usually quite comfortable with perfection as option, rather than necessity, but this time it wasn't even a secondary or tertiary goal. This time, the goals were simple - make something fast; test the use of double gauze as a backing in case of any oddities requiring different sewing techniques for "real" projects down the road; and use one of the hundreds of patterns I've dog-eared (digitally speaking) to work on values as a design element. This is the result, evidencing varying degrees of success - it's about 60" x 70" or "napping size," in the vernacular:
|Sort of a crappy picture of the result, but you get the gist.|