Posts Tagged ‘Patchwork’

I’ve finished piecing the 30 red and black blocks.  They are laid out on the floor, and I’ve been moving them around for over an hour trying to find the right combination.  The only problem is that every time I move one block, I have to move three others as well.  I’m tired now, so I think this arrangement will do nicely.   The placement is supposed to be random anyway.  I have 36 hours to finish this quilt before Pumpkin gets here on Christmas Eve.  Zoom, zoom!  I do love a challenge!  🙂

Happy sewing!30-blocks-finished

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People of a certain age will recall that young adults in the 1980’s were called the “Me Generation.”  As in, “I want it, so I’m going to have it.  I only care about me and my desires.  Me, me, me…”  I can remember a dear friend, a really sensible and compassionate clergyman even, who had a sign on his desk that said, “Whoever dies with the most toys wins.”  I thought it was witty and clever.

When I started quilting in 1993, I started seeing that slogan applied to fabric.  A sign in a quilt shop said, “Whoever dies with the most fabric wins.”  I thought that was funny, too.

Now that I’m older, I have changed.  A lot.  I am feeling over-burdened with the weight of too many possessions.  And way too much fabric.   I often wonder why I ever thought I needed to have that much fabric in my house.  My brother, whose field of expertise is sales and marketing, once said to me, “you shouldn’t have all your money tied up in inventory.”  I thought it was an odd comment and that he was criticizing me because he didn’t understand my “art.”  Now I realise that he was really just trying to give me good advice.  If you’re reading this, Bubba, I get it now.

So, in 2009, I really am going to change my ways.  I am going on a non-buying, “shop from my stash” discipline, and I am going to finish as many UFOs as I can during the year, while still having fun with my sewing and not feeling any great pressures about finishing on a deadline.  Slow and steady and — productive!

I plan on doing all these wonderful things with the help and support of fellow quilters who have found themselves in a similar predicament.  I have signed the Stash Buster’s Pledge for 2009 at Judy Laquidara’s excellent site, Patchwork Times.  I have joined the UFO Challenge at the Stashbuster group and will also be signing up for that group’s No Buy Challenge for fabrics.  At the end of the year, I hope to have a fat savings account, lots more storage space in my sewing cupboard, and a big stack of lovely completed projects that my family can enjoy, or that I can give away as gifts to other loved ones or to charities.

And to my quilting sisters who love their large fabric stashes and have the space to keep them and the patience to manage them — please know that I am not judging you.  This is all about finding the right balance in my life.  I don’t want to change you — just me.  Me, me, me….  😉  Perhaps I have come around full circle.  But this time, with another destination in mind.

Happy sewing!

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A gallery of some completed projects.

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Quilters use several terms to describe abandoned or forgotten projects. UFOs — Unfinished Objects. PIGS – Projects in Grocery Sacks. At what point does a WIP (Work in Progress) become a UFO?

Sometimes we put something aside if we make a mistake and feel frustrated. Or get bored with the fabric or pattern, or disappointed if it’s ugly, or the colours don’t go well together, or the pattern doesn’t work with the fabric. Maybe the pattern is too difficult for our skill level. Maybe we’ve just seen an exciting new pattern or a lovely fabric that shouts to us: “stop what you’re doing and sew me now!”

Sometimes sewing projects get packed away when we need to tidy the house when company is coming over. Out of sight, out of mind. We forget what we were working on. Or, we’ve put it away so well that we can’t find it again.

I have so many unfinished projects that I am afraid to count them. I feel guilty about this. Now is the time to do something about it. Time to get busy.

My first project to complete — a fun quilt for my daughter that I started in 2006.

My first UFO project to complete!  A quilt for my daughter.

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