Savor Each Stitch: Emphasis


My bee group that is progressing through the book called Savor Each Stitch (by Carolyn Friedlander) is focusing on Emphasis in February. I started out with a rough plan way back in November, thinking I’d do something fairly easy and paper piece a mini from Carolyn’s Facing East pattern which is in the book.

Well last night I was struck by some real inspiration. I was scrolling through IG as I often do and I saw a post by Diane (@fromblankpages) about a fun challenge her LQS is doing called the Crayon Color Challenge (#crayoncolorchallege on IG). You pull two or three crayons from a bag and those are the colors you have to use in a quilt.

I thought this would be fun because of the unknown. But we all know there are folks out there who would get hives just thinking of giving up that much control over a project. That’s perfectly fine too!

I was a little sad that several people responded to my post on Facebook about this challenge saying that they were doing something similar through their guild but the colors they pulled were just not inspiring them to do anything. Maybe I have a different perspective because the colors I pulled weren’t too bad, but I always like to be challenged to push myself beyond my comfort zone (in quilting at least).

So even though after digging around I wasn’t actually able to find any crayons I decided to use pretty markers instead and here is what I randomly drew.


What is your first reaction? Mine was “yuck”! But I hushed my inner voice and said ” I’m going to give it a try anyway.” And I started to grab fabrics. I knew I wanted to use the Floating Squares score from the Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters (by Sherri Lynn Wood) so I immediately grabbed my scrap buckets.


This whole time I was thinking about how much that green is just throwing the entire thing off! I wanted to work with those pretty warm colors, why would anyone ever throw green in there? But you know what? That is exactly the point of doing this! So at that point I had spent my free time before I had to give the kid a bath just finding the markers and deciding what to do and I didn’t get to sit and sew anything. That didn’t stop me though. While the kid is in the bath I can usually work on something and still monitor him so I grabbed a handy dandy sketch book and those exact markers I pulled and decided to try to draw Floating Squares. (This is similar to another score in the Improv Handbook, something about creating from a doodle) Now I’ll be honest here, drawing Floating Squares is not overly easy, especially when the sketchbook doesn’t have any grid to follow, but it was enjoyable in the end.

I started with yellow and added orange and red, just like I’m planning to do with the fabric. Then I looked at the picture and asked myself “how am I going to include this green?” The answer? Everything in moderation, so I just snuck in some green here and there. This is what my sketchbook version looks like.


So I’m pretty excited to actually play with the fabric and see how it turns out! It could still end up a hot mess but it will always be a learning experience for me!

The bee meets on Saturday February 20 and I’m anxious to see if I can have a finished project (that means including binding) to show at the meet up.

Happy Stitches,


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