I have been hurriedly trying to get some things I started......finished, before I start watching Cowboy Kole during the day. Through doing this process, I have come to the conclusion that I don't enjoy following someone else's directions to make traditional quilts.
When I make big quilts, I'm thinking....1. really ?....what did I just read ?
2. Where am I going to find the money to have this big thing quilted ?
3. Why do I need 40 big quilts ?
and 4 and 5 and 6 and so on.
Learning to follow pattern directions and block of the month programs do give you experience, that's true, but I find I dread trying to keep up.
The Farmers Wife is a perfect example, I don't like doing it..... period. But I do it--- because I committed to do it. Plus I'm in a club that's doing it and I can't stand being behind !
This BOM is from that big book of instructions you see sitting there. You have to flip back and forth from this direction to the one on the other page..... NOT FUN....
Sure. I'll like it when I'm finished, but why do I do it when I don't enjoy the process?
Cacaos looks better when you drain some of the color out of it, doesn't it ?
So I began thinking.....when do I have the most fun sewing?
When I make things from my own imagination....like...
I do enjoy some other people's patterns, like Amy's
And Samm's pincushions which I'm up to 12 now (these are some I just finished)
BUT I put my OWN spin on them, I do it my way....FUN !
You might have noticed most of the things I like are applique/art type things....
well by process of elimination, I think I've finally figured out who I am as a "Quilter".
I like to do my own thing....(which either got me in trouble or brought me praise as a kid).
Short Side Story :
Mrs. Parker was my Home Economics teacher when I was 14. She made such an impact on me. I'll never forget the day when she came by my station to look at my purple jumper with purple heart pockets on it and said to me. "Vickie, someday you'll be making beautiful wedding dresses". Brings tears to my eyes. Luckily several years before she passed away, I got to thank her and tell her what a difference she made on my life and how that one positive comment had stuck with me all these years. Those purple heart pockets weren't part of the pattern, they were something I thought of...
Maybe my logo should be Purple hearts !
I'm going to finish that BOM in the pictures above, and a couple of other ones too, and I will finish the Farmer's wife, but From now on...I'm gonna be ME! Carol isn't that a song ?
Tomorrow, I'm taking a birthday trip to the Fort Worth Sewing and Quilting Expo with hopes of running into Debby Kratovil who is teaching classes, and I want to see Rachaeldaisy's Double Denim Wedding Ring quilt, which was chosen to be part of a Double Wedding Ring Quilt exhibition. It's group of quilts, curated by Victoria Findlay Wolfe that is on display at
Maybe I'll see some new techniques in art quilting, and find some goodies to buy !
Have a blessed day!