takin’ it slow

Two lists for you today.

First, in defense of an upholstered chair as design board:

  • it’s there
  • it is soft — meaning: “will take a pin readily”
  • it is tattered — meaning:  I don’t have to worry about ruining furniture here, and most importantly
  • at about 12 feet from the couch,  it provides a view of the work while I am relaxing doing something else.

Second list enumerates a few insights that have allowed me to finally enjoy this project:

  • I can take my time
  • I can revise in a whole host of ways — by unpicking seams and replacing poorly-fitting fabrics, by abandoning whole chunks of pieced sections, and by appliqueing onto pieced sections
  • I don’t have to know how it’ll all come together at this point, and
  • I can trust that I’ll figure out HOW to connect it all up when the time comes.

In the meantime, I continue to make three to four side-designs with rejected sections, which also provides relief when the going gets tough.

5 thoughts on “takin’ it slow

  1. Peggy

    Dee, hey, your design chair is great. I have the perfect tattered chair near my sofa as well — there maybe should be one in every room. The second list — one to LIVE by as well — the first 3 to 5 words of each thought — I can take my time, I can revise, I don’t have to know, I can trust. Love it. xx

  2. Jacky Williams

    Ah ha…. this makes me smile. I do that too…. pin to my red/maroon fabric chair in the lounge room. It is a great *viewing* chair. Although I do like Peggy’s new name for the chair…. a design chair! I also pin to my curtains some times (as I dont have a board to pin too….hoping to rectify that soon though).
    Enjoying your progress.

    Jacky xox

  3. deedeemallon

    I use curtains, too, Jacky – which can be fun when the light comes through in the morning — and I also pin to quilts that are already on the walls. My husband made me a bunch of pin boards for a booth, which I use to design/view as well – he used one inch insulation and glued black felt to one side. Some are large and rest on the floor, others are only about four feet tall, and I can rest those on the mantel or another piece of furniture.


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