Zindagi ka taana-banna!!

Every patchwork bedspread I stitch holds a special place in my heart. It is a journey into the inner recesses of my mind. As I embark on the journey, I explore! I explore the colours, the fabrics, the textures, the patterns and more importantly the emotions they bring to the surface. The idea that appeals the most, takes the journey forward.

This time, it was a little different. I wanted to gather as many colours, hues and prints that I possibly could in a 70” x 70” space. The idea had been on my mind since a year or two. It kept nudging me and didn’t let me be at peace till I embarked on this colourful, vibrant journey to the unknown!!

In the past 2-3 years, I had collected few leftover pieces of cloth from various sewing projects. I started by cutting pieces of 2.5” x 3.5”. It was no easy task. During summer vacations, it took me three days just to cut those pieces. And as I started stitching them together I found they were not enough to make a bedspread. At this pace I would have to wait for another 4-5 years to finish the project. And…I had other doubts too!! 

I had never been so ‘bindass’ in my collection of colours. There were innumerable to start with. It seemed they didn’t fit in aesthetically. Moreover, I had not finalised any pattern for the bedspread. The journey had started on a whim and now I was left rudderless in the deep waters. That’s when my mosi came to my rescue. She gave me scraps from her collection. Fortunately, most of the scraps were from my old projects: from the frocks I stitched for Aamya as a toddler, pieces from baby sheets or shorts, pyjamas sewn in all these years, which I had happily donated to her. We worked to finalise the design too. So, this aspect was sorted.

Any patchwork project need time, physical labour and patience. It isn’t possible to pull it off during regular working days. Well! now I eagerly waited for the winter vacations to begin. July, August, September, October, November…and December was the most difficult to pass. And then arrived the most blessed times – the winter vacations. There was perfect sunshine to pep up my mood and I was ready to unleash my creativity. I entered into a state of meditative trance!!

Again, I spent 3-4 days just to cut the scraps and make the most of each piece of cloth even though it was just a scrap. Each piece had to be ironed to smooth out the creases before cutting it. Interestingly, while I was cutting the pieces for my project, I managed to trim squares of 5” and 4” for the upcoming projects. So the excitement continues. A single piece of leftover cloth has so much potential. If we do not throw it away, it can be of so much more use.

With every piece I stitched, the excitement grew. I could not wait for another day to pass to see the entire centre piece sewn together so I stitched with new vigour (and madness)! I stitched all day long!!

The centre piece was sewn and ready to be clicked by 8 pm. Needless to say that I was thrilled to the core. This piece though is just 66″ x 66″ but it has over 500 pieces from atleast 200 different clothes. It is a feat in itself. It looks fabulous, amazing and vibrant. Much better than the one work I had set out to make.

I am a perfectionist and this one is NOT the perfect piece I have sewn but it has taught me many life lessons. First and foremost, it is not important to be perfect everytime. Relax! An imperfect work has the ability to make you ecstatic too!

The completed project…the bedspread with more than 500 pieces from around 200 different clothes

This project has scraps of different textures. Each has it’s own characteristics and stretchability! Lesson two: with a little adjustments, things can fall into place. Infact the amalgamation of textures and patterns has given the piece its unique identity.

There are innumerable colours and hues, carelessly strewn all over the 66″ square. There is no scheme or pattern for the eye to follow. Lesson three: it is not important to have a colour specific palette or scheme always! The colours in life erupt randomly and make it picturesque!!

Lastly, it has taught me that if you become adventurous and embark on journeys into the unknown territories, you experience a gamut of emotions – thrill, fear, anxiety, joy, bliss which are woven together; they test you but enrich you as an individual!!

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