Well, I'm not so much planning as pre-planning (if that's a thing: the plans you make before planning). While I might normally have been kicking off another round of piecing about now I am waiting for next week, when the next AHIQ invitational will get going.
WHile I wait I am playing around with groupings of fabric. I have two piles of shirts (3 or 4 in each pile) I would quite like to get to grips with. One is mostly blue/turquoise and red while the other is centred around a stripe of purples, dull yellow and blues.
I've been pulling stuff from boxes, to see what I can come up with.
Excuse the blur - photos were taken on my phone so I didn't notice they were rubbish until they were on the computer and it was too late. You get the gist, though.
Fabrics that might work with the red/blue pile:
and fabrics that might work with the lovely stripe:
I have no idea yet which of these I'll go on with; it may well come down to my mood on the day.
While I was building these piles I realised that the way I currently sort and store my fabric doesn't help me at all. It used to be all jumbled - any mix of colours and patterns in a box, willy-nilly. Last summer I decided to be better organised and sorted everything by colour but you know what? I find it much harder to work with now. It takes me much longer to find things I like; it even takes me longer to find specific lengths of fabric that I know must be in a particular box. My brain obviously just functions more happily in chaos! So I will slowly allow myself to reverse last summer's work. Now when I take a fabric out, I am not putting it back where it came from but just adding it to whatever box comes to hand first. I am embracing my chaotic mind!