Often times blog readers ask questions that I think others might be interested in as well. I answer them on the blog. Today is one of those days.
This comes from Pattie:
I am writing to ask you a question. I saw on Pinterest that you were making a Hawaiian Sunset quilt a few years back. I was unable to find a picture of the finished quilt that you did. I have been interested in attempting one myself. I have the pattern, and I really can’t say what is stopping me from starting one. I was wondering if you would have a picture of the one you completed to share.”
The quilt that Patty is referring to is this quilt….
BUSTED!! Sadly it’s in my UFO pile. UGH. I so wish I had this quilt finished. I was thinking about it just the other day.
I did get some progress made in that the four patches for the outer border got finished….that’s it.
I’ve actually been a little bit frustrated with myself lately. I think I’ve gotten a little bit lazy with my quilting. I’ve quit challenging myself to do more challenging quilts.
Let me explain…..
I love easy quilts…I love complicated quilts. Often I am just not thoughtful in what I WANT to make…you know….REALLY want to make.
I’ll be on the computer and a tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company will come on and it will be a fun quilt with a fun twist on how to make it….you know something like the Fireman quilt I made.
It was fine to make and being it’s a donation quilt I’m happy to make something quick and easy.
Before I know it I’m sucked into what I could be making rather than making what I really WANT to make….The quilts that are “the desire of my heart”….not the whim quilt.
Bonnie Hunter does it to me too. She will have a challenge or show a block on her blog and before I know it, I’m making the blocks- or even a mystery quilt. Did I want to make the quilt or did I just get caught up in the hype? Often some of each but often not the quilt that was the “desire of my heart”. It was a whim.
I’m seriously contemplating not making the mystery quilt next year….I think I might take the time and instead make the quilt that is “the desire of my heart”….maybe this quilt….Hawaiian Sunset. Think of how far I’d be on that quilt if I put all the time into that instead.
Don’t get me wrong…I like this quilt fine. It’s nice. I appreciate the work that went into the design…but at the end of the day, I really wish I had sewn my Hawaiian Sunset quilt instead. I got caught up in the hype. With all of the social media, getting caught in the hype is so easy to do.
I find that often I don’t think through the quilts that I cut out during nap time. I can bring a tote of cut strips downstairs in the morning then over the next week or so of nap times I can cut out a quilt. A prime example of this was when I wrote this blog post. This is an old blog post and some of these quilts are finished already….
These are the quilts that I cut out……Talkin’ Turkey (finished)
Bricks in the Barnyard (UFO pile)
Now were these quilts “desires of my heart”….or were these quilts just something I could grab and work on quick?
Don’t get me wrong, I love the scrap the users system that allows me to store and cut out these quilts quickly but I think in my getting so into it, I’ve shorted myself. I don’t challenge myself very often anymore. I don’t get myself to learn something new. I’m not always making quilts that are the “desire of my heart”.
I’ve experience such a sense of accomplishment as I’ve been working on my Daylilies quilt. I’ve been appliqueing. I’ve been doing inset seams. I’ve challenged myself a little bit.
Here is quilting goal #4 that I wrote earlier this year “4-I want to expand my horizons in the type of quilts I make. I have a double wedding ring quilt planned. I’ve had it in my mind and have wanted to make it for a long time. It’s time. I want to make the cow art quilt I’ve showed you. It’s time for something more than simple piecing.”
…and here’s my goal #5….”5-I want to expand and make quilts by a larger variety of designers. Becky at Quilted Twins has LOTS of free patterns and I want to make a couple!! (Find them here) I have some Country Threads patterns here…oh the list goes on and on. I’ll still be pulling some UFOs but I want some new things too!!”
Both of these goals came about as I realized at the end of last year that I wasn’t making very many quilts that were “the desire of my heart”. Don’t get me wrong…I like all of the quilts I’ve made but so many of them came because I could grab something and it was easy to grab….it wasn’t the Hawaiian Sunset quilt that NEEDS the right fabric selections the REQUIRED me to hunt and search for the right fabrics. Sometimes, I need to make some of those special quilts. I think we all do.
Part of the reason I think I’ve put them off is that those quilts are the ones I’d keep for me. As a quilter I know I often put everyone else first on the quilt making list. Well maybe it’s time I make a quilt that is the “desire of my heart”…maybe it’s time we all made one.
As you can see, quilts that are the “desire of my heart” are really calling me. I think I’m going to finish a few things around here and see if I can’t accomplish making at least one quilt completely and totally for me.
Thanks so much for bringing this to light Pattie. I needed to be reminded.
Does anyone else feel like you get hyped into making a quilt either by the internet, the quilt shop or a magazine before you REALLY think it through? Please tell me I’m not the only one.