When I was designing gardens I found if I slept on a plan for a day or two a problem would resolve itself and the design would flow quite quickly afterwards. I learned not to force the issue (fine if you're not on a tight time constraint).
I don't do a lot of garden design any more but this method still serves pretty well to resolve quilt design issues, as evidenced this morning...
- a month or so ago ...BTCT appliqué blocks pinned to the design wall after class and direction/opinion requested from my quilt tutor. She steers me towards pieced sashings.
- Not convinced - I'll think about it, I say. Work gets busy ...project gets shelved.
- a month later, last Sunday afternoon, quilt books strewn open across the floor, I am looking for inspiration for an "interesting arrangement" for said blocks;
- Nothing springs out so I give up in disgust - not happy;
- 4am Tuesday morning - wide awake - no point staying in bed so up and make a cuppa. Roy Pilgrim's book "Blending the Old and the New" is looking at me from where it was left on Sunday;
- lightbulb moment...out comes the graph paper - it's quickly cut up into bits and rearranged...
- design sorted, very happy....now I can move forward again....a little more appliqué, a few pieced stars.
What's your method for getting through quilty road blocks?
PS. Check out the Hand quilting button in my side bar...some pretty nice quilting going on.