Now that spring has officially sprung, us New Yorkers have headed outside. I’ve been spending a lot of time walking around my Brooklyn neighborhood taking in the warmer weather and the general happy moods of all my neighbors. It’s been wonderful and a great time to be in New York.
As I’ve been walking the streets of Brooklyn, I’ve seen a lot of sidewalk chalk in use. My neighborhood is packed with kids and they have been filling the sidewalks with lots of colorful drawings and a lot of hopscotch games. Oh how I loved playing hopscotch when I was a kid! I’m so glad kids still do this.
I was walking down my own street a couple of weeks ago when I came across this lovely hopscotch drawing and inspiration hit!
Most people see hopscotch – I see a quilt pattern. I immediately headed home and started sketching out a rough pattern.
Sometimes I draw out elaborate patterns and carefully figure all of the dimensions, sometimes I draw rough patterns and edit them as I go, and sometimes I just start cutting and see what happens. This was a case where I had a rough drawing to go by but by no means was committed to it. Once I started cutting and laying everything out, this was one of those times where I made some changes as I went. This is what I’ve come up with.
I have to be honest, I’m not as happy with it as I thought I would be. I feel like something is missing but I can’t quite put my finger on it. Although, now that I’m looking at the images I like it better than I did when I finished it up over the weekend.
I usually find that once I have the back on, the quilting done, and the binding finished, I tend to like the end result so maybe I should just go with it? I am going to think on it for a week or so before I completely commit to anything. Or if you have any suggestions, feel free to offer them up! I have been toying with the idea of adding a border of some kind but I’m not sure.
In the meantime, I already have the fabric picked out for my next project so I’ll probably get started on that while I ponder this quilt.