In my last blog I talked about the need to practice quilting. I should have also mentioned that it is very helpful to plan ahead for your projects and how and what you will practice. Truly, at least half of my “planned” projects fall to the wayside as I pursue other ideas. In fact, though, I often incorporate those original concepts into the projects I finally decide on. Also, sometimes, I go back and pick a project concept up that I thought had not made the cut because I couldn’t figure out how to do it, or it was not a technique I wanted to use. This happens when I later learn a new way of doing things, or figured out just how it really needed to be created. Sometimes these solutions just come to me while I am doing something simple and am engaged in thought.
Over the course of my sewing/quilting year, I sometimes end up with having finished several things I was working on all at once and then have to spend a little while working through what I may do next. I have finished my Bayou quilt, and I have gotten the workshops mostly ready, although I still need to work on the kits, but I have until late September for the first one. Sew I’m at that point right now, although I am still doing some work on my three book efforts. Even those, though, I am rethinking and wondering just how I should pull those together. Maybe it will be one larger book. Not sure yet.
I’m still sewing though. I’m working on an applique bed quilt using Sue Nickels beautiful pattern I purchased from her at MAQF earlier this year. It’s my “down-time” project because I find stitched raw-edge applique fun and relaxing, and not particularly challenging, especially since this quilt is just for me. It will not be a show quilt. Still, I am exploring some decorative stitch use as I stitch some of the shapes down. It is, after all, time for me to replace that old box store “quilted” coverlet I have had for decades and have a quilt like a quilter should have on their bed.
This does not mean that I don’t have several ideas in the works, but all three of them involve another artist to help me come up with the concept drawings, and I am waiting on those. I am working on my own drawings also now, but haven’t settled yet on what is next.
Time to clean? Ich. But really I need to clean. LOL Oh, I know…time to practice! ????
Sew happy everyone. Take some time to practice and plan, and maybe just a little time to clean.