Almost done cutting and then on to sewing -- I will get this top finished this week. When I designed this quilt block, it felt like such an incredible departure from the quilting I'd been doing before; the abstract design was built off a study of symmetry and had nothing to do with traditional quilt making. But by today's standards, the underlying method here (ultra-precise pieces cut painstakingly from perfect templates) makes the project feel dated and uninteresting. I'm pushing on because I want this finished, I want to be able to look at this little quilt up on a wall. There are a few other WIPs in this category -- projects using methods I'm no longer interested in but things I don't want to leave permanently undone. My goal will be to knock a couple off this year without starting too many other things in the meantime. Along with trying to figure out how to like doing housework more, I also need to learn to love the finishing as much as I love the starting.
The unexpected, distracting ingredient in this vacation week is the weather. Oh sure, warmer days with brilliant sunshine were inevitable at some point, but after all the cold and gray we've had I never figured on it just now:
I don't think I'll be able to resist the garden today.