I love starting new projects. I just have trouble finishing them. When I go into my sewing room, I always intend to work on finishing something. But then I get like that cat that sees a sun ray on the floor…bat, bat, batting at it. So easily distracted. Oh, don’ t those fabrics look good together. What can I do with them? And I’m off and running with a new shiny thing.
I know that I can never have the discipline to finish one thing before I start another. I just have too much churning around in my brain and everyday I have less and less time and I just have to see how this might look. The birth of a new project. But I firmly believe it’s the birth of a new project that keeps my mind fresh.
Yesterday I saw that I had too many projects in various states of completion. Something had to give. And I know I can’t stop myself from starting something new. I’m sweating just thinking about it! I have convinced myself to finish one project every month. So here is my Completion #1–my inner hippie quilt that I believe I’ll call Peace Out, Man.
In this post, I told you why I stepped out of my box and made this. I finished the piecing and applique and hit the brick wall I always hit–how to quilt it. Free motion quilting and I are not best buddies. We try to be and we’re cordial but we aren’t friends. I suppose it’s because I haven’t taken the time to really get to know him. (It must be him because he’s so aggravating! :-) ) I love to piece but don’t really like to actually quilt. So, I delay the inevitable until the very last possible minute. I’m told the key to FMQ is practice, practice, practice. But since I set aside completed tops in hopes that the quilting fairy comes in and quilts them at night while I’m sleeping (she doesn’t), I don’t practice much. Each time I decide to FMQ, I’m starting over. So, on this quit I decided to practice feathers…once again. I have not given up on feathers! I feel like the details and stippling in the center of the quilt look pretty good.
I saw the improvement from first feathers to last. Not my best work, but at least they look like feathers!
There’s hope for me after all! But, most importantly, one down and who knows how many to go!
My last post was buried in the reader so I’ll ask this again.
See the pretty notch? When I’m FMQ-ing, the thread sometimes gets caught in there. Usually it’s when I’m on a good roll. I wish thread companies would do away with them. But until they do, are there any remedies out there?