I have this idea that for each cactus and each solid square that is that one perfect match, the "soul mate" if you will, that will dazzle, sparkle and cause oohs and ahhs from everyone who will one day look upon my magical creation. Yes, I am spending too much time on the floor in the middle of a sea of fabric. I know it.
I know that I initially vowed to finish a cactus square a day and while I was fruitful and diligent for many weeks... I have since failed pitifully to complete anything more than matching up a patterned cactus to a solid back. I have had legitimate distractions though...
One of my distractions has been several batches of fabric, one that I posted about here. I'll post about the second load of fabric I impulsively splurged on tomorrow. Every time I buy more fabric it seems I am compelled to trace, cut out and match more cactus squares. It just seems like every fabric now seems like it would make such a darling cactus! So below I have documented this process.
The overwhelming number of cactus cutouts I have causes me to whimper "help me" every time one of my sisters comes into my room and catches me on the floor in the middle of a sea of fabric cacti and solid squares desperately trying to find the perfect matches.
It is a slightly delusional idea until you find that perfect match and then you set several of them next to each other and all of the scissor induced hand cramps become worth it. Below are a few of my favorites. Ooh how I love my favorites. I want to keep them with me in my bag and show them to people in line at the bank. Aaaaaand... we're back to delusional. The truth is, as much as I agonize over each square, this is my favorite part of the whole process. I've probably said that before. This is why I start so many projects and then take the better part of two years to finish them. I love coming up with an idea, getting the fabric for it, and then putting things together. It is fun, exciting, fulfilling and I feel like all my those creative neurons in my head get to really be put to work.
I like coming up with ideas too. You can practically feel the synapses in your brain tingle. I was reminded this year when I was in Arizona again of how much I loved the colors and the shapes and textures of the American Southwest. It really inspired me to come up with this cactus quilt idea
These aren't the greatest pictures of the most beautiful things that I saw or that inspired me, but they are reminders to me of how captivating the landscape is. Kind of like how captivating that perfect square can be and how compulsive the mission can be to find it.