Remember I am supposed to be doing the Dirty Dozen Challenge? Remember I always do the Bonnie Hunter mystery?
Well, I’ve gone rogue. I’m not following the rules. I’m not being my normal self…and I think I’m okay with that.
With the Dirty Dozen we are supposed to work on the UFO that is picked each month. I went off the rails…remember these quilts were sitting on the quilting frame??
I decided to throw them on the quilting machine and get them done. I was done waiting for their number to show up on the Dirty Dozen list. I just wanted them finished and out of the way.
I have new designs worked up on EQ but I’m letting them sit.
Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt colors were revealed. I don’t think I’m going to do it.
I am finding myself so happy with less stuff in my quilting room that I don’t care to clutter it up with something I might like…or might not like.
I asked myself, “Would you rather sew the mystery or would you rather finally get your Double Wedding Ring quilt completely finished?” I asked would you rather do the mystery or work on your bucket list quilt, Hawaiian Sunset?” This quilt???
Hands down, I would much rather get this quilt made.
I’m been emailing my friend Connie back and forth a few times telling her I didn’t think I was going to do the mystery. She laughed. Rightly so. For the last two or three years I’ve told her that I didn’t think I was going to do it and every time, I’ve caved and done it. I don’t know…this time, I think I’m going to stay strong.
I’ve told myself I can always jump in. If I like it once the reveal is up, I can go back and print the instructions…or rewrite them in a way it makes more sense. I’ve gotten so that I get frustrated with mysteries. I like to sit down and do the long endless piecing and quilt mystery writers can’t write the clues that way. They have to twist the clues so that those that like to guess, can’t figure out the layout.
I think the last mystery did me in a bit. I didn’t like the “group this together and clip the pieces together”. I like things a little more straight forward. I’m not criticizing the mystery, just saying I’d rather wait for the reveal and deal with the blocks in a straight forward method.
More than all of that…I want to do my own stuff. I have projects there that want to be finished more than I want to start a new project. I really think while I’m on a roll, I want to stay focused and keep tackling those UFOs.
As far as the Dirty Dozen, I think I’ll keep going with that but allow myself to skip around if need be. In the beginning, I was trying really hard to stay focused on the designated project. Then this month after finishing this quilt top, I realized I just want to finish all the quilts I can and not worry about the order I complete them in.
Although picking the number and tackling that project is great, I also love the “snowball” theory that Dave Ramsey totes. That theory is working on the project closest to completion and then then next closest and the next closest claiming that you get more momentum as you see projects getting finished.
That theory is what I’ve been going with lately and I have to say, it’s really working for me!!
It’s working for me so much that I can say that I’ll have finished quilts to show you every Friday for the month of November. I’m so excited. I’m hoping I can keep the momentum going and show you a few in December too. That all depends on what happens with covid and how much I have Kalissa’s boys. Having them really cramps my sewing room time…but that’s okay and I always have the option of pulling a machine and sewing on the main floor of the house. We’ll see.
In the meantime, I’m holding strong and not doing the mystery…yet.