Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Sproing!

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.

7 comments:

Natalie said...

Spring at last! And what an entrance. I am looking forward to seeing the finished quilt and should you uncover the secret to liking housework, please bottle it and I will buy two, at least!

pretty essential said...

Yes, that's ditto for me to about the housework! It will be very satisfying to have some finished projects, even if you've lost some of your initial enthusiasm, of course my list of unfinished projects is huge . . .!

Garnered Stitches said...

I love to start new projects, so much so I could do with a team of creative people to continue them once I have moved onto the next big idea! As for housework and crafting I think I excelled myself today as I changed all the beds, (My in-Laws had been visiting and everyone was in the "Wrong" room!) and drew out a design for a Boutis quilt I am hoping to complete for the quilt show in June!
I have everyone asleep in the correct beds now and have started the sewing of the design! Better depart for some sleep myself as it's passed midnight here in England!
Looking forward to seeing this pebble fabric in a completed quilt!
Best wishes

Lil D said...

I'm looking forward to seeing the quilt, but I think I'd have been out in that lovely garden. Spring sprung a while back here and the flowers are already fading, except the roses.

Linda said...

I am really looking forward to your Mini April Scrapbook and seeing the quilt too!! I have finally put up a photo of the Pikachu cake and I am STILL recovering, it all seemed to knock me more than I thought it would but I have so many ideas buzzing in my head I have to get on with!! hope you are well :)

est said...

can't wait to see the quilt :)

alice said...

I can't wait to see the quilt!