The more time I put in the studio, the stronger and more frequent the urges becomes. I practice background fillers both in my head, and by "drawing" with my finger on my thigh/the table/etc.
I'm fairly certain it's become an addiction. There are few things that give me as much joy as seeing the dimples and puffiness of a densely quilted sandwich of fabric.
The other inappropriate urge, is the need to touch anything that looks like a good textured fabric. It's all well and good when your friend is wearing a shirt that looks touchable - but the situation is awkward when you're in line at JoAnn's. I've actually asked people if I can touch a fabric on their shirt/coat/purse. I try to limit asking for this to places where it's likely the victim person will understand; JoAnn's, quilt stores, quilt shows, etc.
Ask any of my best friends and they can tell you that shopping in a store with fabrics/clothes is amusing. If I see something that looks interesting. I will pretty much always go touch the fabric. Sometimes petting is necessary. Are heavy petting sessions with fabrics in public legal?
I can't be the only one right? Surely some of you can relate! (Please leave a comment and 'normalize' me!)
As an aside, I've started a new project just for myself. I'm using the book "A Light in the Attic" by Shel Silverstein to do a long running series of 12" blocks. If you've not read it, it's a book of children's poems by Shel Silverstein. I was actually looking for book "The Missing Piece" by the Shel at the behest of Teri Lucas, but they were sold out!
I'm planning to do my own drawn interpretation of each poem on the blocks. Not sure if they will be separate finished blocks, or if I will piece them together in the ends for bigger quilts.
Anyone want to get the book and try the same? Here's my first (crappy) block for the project:
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