Now I know that most improv quilters eschew rulers- but I for one love my straight edges. And I have rulers in every size, material and shape. But I have hidden them in a hard to get at place so they will not be easily accessible. I feel like a recovering addict that knows that they must make certain accommodations to keep on the straight and narrow- so my rulers are living in a different room for now.
And I also decided that since I have not worked with small piecing that it would be good to try putting together a complicated piece to get my brain working again.
I thought about randomly cutting up piles of the same motif and recombining them- but in truth I am much too much of a control freak to like that technique. So I am deliberately designing and placing each shape- and having lots of fun with it while I hone my sewing skills.
I am also working with just a few colors since I have some choice fabric that I am nervous about cutting into. I figure that if I do some studies first I will have an easier time once I want to cut into my special cloth.
As I have been working my brain has been whirling around. How does an artist change style and still keep their voice. More on this as I sort things out.