I don't think I was meant for block swaps. I am not sure what I was meant for. I am going to put myself on trial and you get to be the judge and jury. The question before you is am I crazy for quilting the way I do. I am hoping that the verdict will be that I am not crazy, and maybe there is someone out there like me. Let the trial begin!
Last June, my family and I went to a quilt show for my birthday. This is the fabric my daughter just had to have; Have a Very Sherry Berry Christmas. She was 4 at the time. The quilt store that I had bought it from said that they would be providing a pattern for it. Great, wonderful. Fabric got put away until late fall, when it was realized that no pattern had come. Time to think about something to make with it.
Okay, now it is late fall. I know it is highly unlikely that it will be done at Christmas, but I would like to have a start on it. Love star patterns, and they seem to be "in style" right now, especially wonky stars. Read my follow bloggers and came upon this from Life is a Stitch. Ah yes, the lucky stars quilt. I have this pattern and actually all the fabric to make this quilt. I have had it for a few years, but decided I did not like the fabric. I had chosen the soft marbled fabric. I may have to change my mind after seeing Andrea's Kona Solids projects.
In the meantime, I have been doing some research, aka online shopping to get a cheap deal for backing for the quilt. While doing this I realize that the fq bundle I bought has very few of the larger prints in the collection. Lucky Stars is great for fussy cutting and showing off those fabrics. I end up buying the backing and some half yards of those great prints.
Decide I would like to get at least 1 block done in 2009. I end up getting 3 done. As per my norm, I do not completely commit to pre-cutting all the fat quarters. Progress has been made, I am happy.
Surfing the Internet, on my favourite topic, I see this fabulous pattern. Wow, maybe this is what I am suppose to be making with these stars. I like the different sizes of stars. Thanks goodness, I did not commit to the lucky stars pattern! Of course, next week I could decide that the Lucky Stars is the one.
All of this brings me back to my Christmas swap. It has taken me so long and I realize that is because I treat the swap the same way I do when I make a quilt. It is driving me crazy. I don't precut anything. I take a long time to decide how my block is going to look. Then I make a test block, and then I do a bit at a time. On top of everything else, I signed up for the swap twice. Let's see, I work full-time, have 2 young children who thankfully love spending a lot of time with me, and an incredible supportive husband who through no fault of his own is frequently away for business. What was I thinking? Thankfully, I also have supportive parents who will look after my children if I have a quilting deadline. Part of the reason for joining twice was too make a Christmas quilt for mom. She loves Christmas and has lots of Christmas decorations.I am almost done the blocks and I am really happy with them. I should be able to show some pictures tomorrow of them.
I am organized within my quilting room. My problem is that I can never shut my brain off from thinking and I see too many possibilities. Sounds like I am arguing for the prosecution. In my defense, I do get a fair bit of quilting done for my time constraints, and 95% of the time I am very happy with what I make. When the project is all finished I never want to give it away.
So, the question to you the jury is I am crazy for quilting the way I do? How do you organize your projects and quilting time. Is it cut then sew, or it is more free flowing? I definitely think my days of block swaps are over, though I have learned never to say never. I have the signature swap to start on, as well as the potholder swap. I do quite enjoy the small wall hanging, potholder, place mats, pincushions etc. type of swaps. I also enjoy the quilting bees.
Both the Prosectuion and Defense rest!
I do appreciate all of you helping out with your civic duty in this matter. Please let me know when you have reached a verdict.