|My current obsession, I love this pattern.|
I see patterns in magazines (like the cover of the most recent American Patchwork and Quilts), or pictures on blogs or quilts in museums and I get inspired. I picture the quilt in my mind with different colors or slight alterations and it becomes the focus of my quilty thoughts for days, sometimes months, and often years. I look for a similar pattern or buy the original, or make up one on my own. The fabric hunt begins whether in my stash, my LQS, or online.
Lately I've been compelled to use the fabrics that I have carefully been aging in my sewing closet.
I do buy some fabric, I always need neutrals. And I keep track of the new lines from my favorite designers (Barbara Brackman needs to come out of designing retirement) Occasionally I find myself in the "tempted zone" and eventually go one step further to the "succumbing zone". I have a lot to say about shopping for fabric but I'll save that for another post.
|I bought enough of the sashing fabric so I could do something like this.|
This post is about making quilts. I've found out a lot about myself doing the mystery quilt again this year (this is the 4th one I've made). What I've discovered is that I'm a block girl. I don't enjoy making the same part endlessly. I enjoy making a block and putting it up on my design wall to admire. It's such a feeling of accomplishment to see that completed block and leave spaces for the next ones to come. I'm definitely a block girl. Thank goodness, as of today and Clue #8, we are at the block stage.
So, I have the idea, gather the fabric, cut it out (my least favorite part), and begin sewing, I have an abundance of enthusiasm at the beginning but it comes and goes during the process of making the quilt. I am always working toward the end product - that original vision in my head.
|I am so intrigued by this Indigo quilt from the 3 Sisters show.|
After weeks (or years sometimes) of concentrated effort I'm done. It's gorgeous, it's so many things all in one. It's satisfying, it's gratifying, and it's going to make me or someone really happy to use it.
And then, if I'm going to keep it, I put it up on the shelf of a closet and make a mad dash into my sewing room to begin again.
In other words, "I'm more about the making than the having".