Saturday, March 05, 2011

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We're taking it easy today. You know how coming back from a sick day or a short vacation from work and everything is up for grabs? That's how it was at my house. Once I felt better I had to face the mountain of dishes, laundry, unpicked up litter in the living room and dining room etc. Instead of basting my two newest quilts, I cleaned house and washed dishes and then pooped out for the rest of the day.

Now that things are under control, I can return to the studio...but I am not in the mood to quilt. I am still wanting to make new stuff. Mostly I don't have a felt need to quilt the newest works. If you recall last February's QAWM, I imagined that someday someone will be the executor of my estate and will discover a huge Rubbermaid bin with my unquilted tops. I fantasize that they will be overjoyed with finding them. (Hey, it's my daydream) So I may just add these two new ones to the bin, and if and when I need a big nap quilt, I will have them all ready to quilt.
Or I could just order some backing fabric and then feel the urge when it arrives. Either way, I am not going to do anything with them right this minute.

What I am admitting to myself here is that the process is more enjoyable than the product. I love the thrill of the designing and construction. When that disappears I will be ready for the slag heap.

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  1. Anonymous9:35 AM

    Hi Melody

    I totally agree on the process thing....maybe it's time to get painting again!

    Anne in wintery Saskatchewan where my garlic patch is under more than eight feet of snow!

  2. Glad you are better now and finished with "catching up" around the house.
    I am with you on that, have to feel organized to be creative.

    Pack the quilt top away. Too overwhelming right now. It is always retrievable on a later date or for someone to discover years and years from now!!!!!! :)

  3. I still have quilt tops from my grandmother. I appreciate the fabrics from the 30's, 40's and 50's but they do not have to be quilts. Tops are easier to store and it's on to the next creative adventure!

  4. I'm with's the process that I love...the actual quilting part not so much! I struggle to do the quilting. I'm NOT a good FMQer, even though I've "practiced" a lot, I just can't relax and enjoy it so I have a lot of tops completed but not quilted. I could take them to my LQS and have the LAer there quilt them but that's expensive. I love putting the binding on.

    Take it easy for now. When your body's rested you'll have the energy to get in the studio and create again :)

  5. I would imagine most people think the way you do. Most of my customers don't want to see their quilts anymore until they're quilted.
    I don't think we should expect that we'll love every step of the art process.

  6. Ah, a woman after my own heart. When I retired I thought it would change and I would be finishing quilts right, left and centre. Then we started a quilt shop. DH does the longarm quilting but has enough without mine. So now I have come to realize it is not my role in life to finish anything. I am here to match people and resources so they can create.... that's my story and I am sticking to it. BTW, did I mention I learned to knit so now I can collect other stash building resources?

  7. One of the reasons I don't make large quilts is the struggle to get the quilting done... much easier to do art & landscape quilting! Besides, how many big quilts can you use?!!! Glad you feel better, and I hope Spring is on its way to your neighborhood!

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