Sunday, January 27, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Actually I see now that it has been hanging long enough to start to stretch, it needs to come down for a while I suppose. So today - I have to say - It is so nice to finally be beyond some of the b problems that plagued me in my first few years of quilting. I took this class to make a sampler for my first quilt. It had a pieced border. I was new to quilting. The border had thousands of little squares. It did not fit when I got to the point of attaching it. I was out of matching fabric. It is still in a box somewhere in storage land of my sister's house or my aunt's house in another state. I need to relocate it....cause I have finally gotten beyond the border -itis. I think. For many quilts after that - I never could get the border on - or finish the quilt. It was a b block. I would get that far and it wasn't quilter ADD (attention deficit disorder- and the continuous distraction of a new pattern - new fabric - new idea) that drove me away from finishing it and on to another problem - it was fear of not finishing it Right. Once a wise man asked me - why do you think it is that you don't finish things. I responded - because I am afraid it isn't going to be done right. And he then asked - How many right ways are there to do something. To which I wrongly replied - ONE. It has taken me years to learn how many right ways there are and to start to let go of always trying to do it some ONE RIGHT Way. This perfectionist attitude would amaze my highly organized extremely productive sister who always described me as a creative slob. Then came another sampler quilt - that had bowtie blocks in the last border. oh oh - - I couldn't get those bowties constructed for the life of me. I was just too afraid I didn't know the RIGHT way to do them. I researched the many different ways to create them until I never did. Well, almost never did, cause on the way across from my bed, hangs the finished sampler - bowties and all. Now bindings - I must admit are the last b challenge still hanging around in my life. I recently finished a quilt that had been waiting for Backing (oh yes, another b problem.....what is the right backing - should it match - should it not. etc and etc. More worrying - less finishing) and finished it in a hurry to try and get it into our quilt guild's show. I did not. The binding at the corners was so uncooperative. So fellow bloggers.....seeing posts from others who manage to get beyond their fears - whether it be of b things or something else - is so encouraging to me - and so I say - thank you!!! Thank you for sharing your photos and ideas and gently guiding me into feeling it is ok to not quite know if it is RIGHT, but finish it anyway.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
One more border to go and then quilt and binding.
So - for many years I have had this booklet of patterns from my sewing buddy Denise for these small calendar quilt wallhangings - one for each month. Sewing Buddy Denise is more of a finisher than I - and finished her whole year's worth. Me - I just kep moving that pattern around - - BUT not this year. This is my year to make what I have been contemplating making and FINISH it. So - January and February got finished today. I don't care for the pattern for March -so if you have any ideas to share....let me know. March...Shamrocks...pots of gold....leprechauns...daffodils....
Monday, January 14, 2008
This is one of the many star quilts in progress. This one is for my son serving in the Marine Corp. It needs another border of stars and another border of red and white stripes....quilting and binding.