The Zen of Quilting
The one thing I’ve always known about my crafting in general, is that I’m a one off sorta gal. I see something I want to make, I learn how to do it, make one that I’m happy with and move on to the next project. I really think I have the attention span of a gnat, and my need for instant gratification is huge. Why I took up quilting I’ll never know.
This is why you so rarely… ok, never see whole completed quilts from me. Even my Halloween Quilt of Awesomeness is still missing some outer borders and sits tucked away in my fabric cabinet. I can’t decide on that final framing!
2 weeks seems to be my threshold. If it’s not done after 2 weeks, it’ll get shelved until the muse fairy comes knocking.
Well this weekend I pushed myself into quilting zen territory with the sewing of another pattern project for Quiltmaker. Basically it was my personal idea of quilting hell. 16 nearly identical blocks, 3 sections each. Sewing the same thing over, and over…and over…and… over…*thud*
Ok, I see that bewildered sneer you’re giving me. Why would she design something she would hate to sew?! What’s the matter with her? *sneer*
Let me backtrack and say that I LOVE the pattern/project. I think it’s gorgeous and striking and quirky all at the same time. I do, which is why I insisted on sewing it. I didn’t have to, but this is one I know I’ll want for my home and if I didn’t have this deadline over my head I’d never make it.
Usually when I sew, I need peace and quiet. Paper piecing pretty much commands your undivided attention so usually music or anything in the background just makes me mess up. The hubby is finally learning that talking to me while I’m sewing = bad idea. But this was A LOT of the same thing. There was no way I could do it in silence. Oh god help me.
Did you know that youtube has video playlists of bands? I did not know that! Train, Dave Matthews, and my stack of Beethoven, Mozart, and Chopin concertos got me through. So help me, I actually pieced together 48 sections this weekend and if these kids of mine would ever kick those colds and get back to school, I’ll quilt this sucker up and have it off before the deadline!
And then I’ll start cutting the for the other gazillion pieced variation. I know my zen is in here somewhere.