Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Excuse Me While I Sew

I've got a deadline...the quilt I'm donating for the church raffle is just about due, and I've decided to start over. I know, these fabrics and colors look familiar. What can I say, I'm in a rut. A good rut, in my humble opinion, but a rut nonetheless. I was going to put the blocks together to make the redwork top last night and I just couldn't. I didn't love it, heck, I didn't even like it. I was so not ME. I know it's not about me, but it is representing me, so I put all the other work aside and cut these strips.
Right now, it's just an idea. Mom, don't faint or start to worry. I promise it will be done in time, and it will be better.
I did have a minute to get my fat quarter swap fabrics together.

Every spare minute now is in front of the sewing machine...clean dishes and a made bed are overrated.

33 comments:

belinda said...

*LOL*...I'm laughing because I was
sitting here just now seriously
thinking about 'scrapping a 'swap' project I'm working and starting all over. I saw some 'sneak peaks' this morning and well, I guess I'm feeling mine just might not measure up.......but all that
'hand' quilting I've done on it
all ready......sigh......

Stephanie D. said...

Vastly overrated! Can't wait to see the finished project. It's so terrific to see your style evolving and nudging you onward. I think I could recognize your work if I saw it on a dirt road in Bermuda, Jacquie!

Two Dogs and a Quilt said...

Overrated, for sure.

QuiltedSimple said...

A clean house is definitely overrated. And yes, it will be you and it will be better - can't wait to see what you come up with!
Kris

Jackie said...

You definitely have to express yourself when you are donating a piece. I am in total agreement with you, it is a clear representation of you. I love what you have chosen and I am sure it will be just right. They will love it! Can't wait to see it!

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

better to love it - for sure! Enjoy the process and the house will still be there when your done :)

elpf said...

Well, I love the new strips. In fact, I want all those fabrics. These colors are one of my current obsessions. I knew it when I wore that color scheme twice in a row last week.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh I love the strips, great together, can't wait to see the quilt. I bet "Your Mom" can't wait either!! Whatever you have made for the swap, do not start over, I bet, knowing you, it is wonderful!!

Darci said...

I would have done the exact some thing! You really can't go wrong with red and turq. they are a great combo. Oh those FQ looks yummy, I know your partner will love them.

KateKwiltz said...

Just goes to show you can't force creativity -- if it doesn't feel right, it just ain't gonna happen!

Glad you went with your gut. The end product is going to be SO much better because of it!

Tina said...

Best of luck in your mad rush of quilting. I know the feeling, everything else has to wait while you madly sew. I hope you enjoy the process as you go.

Victoria said...

A quilt can last a lifetime, where as clean dishes and a made bed won't even last for 24 hours. It's a no-brainer... sew baby, sew! (Good luck, and you are very smart to go with what motivates and inspires you!)

Anina said...

Good luck! I've been there and quilting is so much more important than cleaning. :o)

Calico Road said...

I agree, nothing is more important than quilting. That's why they make cereal for dinner right? LOL

amandajean said...

good luck with your deadline!!!

Alice Grace said...

Lovely colors and fabrics! I know it is going to be a gorgeous quilt!

henny said...

ok, good luck with your project...and deadline :)
I know you can make it and as usual it will be gorgeous!

Lee-Anne Gilbert said...

I know exactly what you mean.. it's not a rut... just your own signature style... and your style is great Jacquie... I almost made a whole quilt top before I cut it all up again and started my current baby quilt... just because it wasn't "me" even though it wasn't "for" me!! Lx

Shari said...

It's going to be fabulous! Now stop reading your emails and get back to sewing!!

Ravenhill said...

Everyone should take a little sewing break, and often! Dishes and beds aren't so important I agree! Lovely looking strips... Can't wait to see more!
~Emily

erica e said...

oh! these are gorgeous aqua and reds. can't wait to see them take shape.

Janis said...

Your array of strips is great and I'm sure the finished quilt will be outstanding. I started over yesterday too, must have been the day for it.

I love your housekeeping philosophy! Have fun at the machine.

Liz said...

I love those fabrics!

ivyarts said...

Overrated is an understatement. As someone who is sitting among squalor herself, I say, Sew Girl Sew.

Rebekah said...

good luck with the quilt! I love the fabrics you're combining!

Artfulife said...

I hope you can have a case of quick and nimble fingers!

Indigo Blue said...

oh you have my sympathy! If it isn't right then it just isn't right! Bets of luck and hope all runs smoothly this time.
x

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

love that hangar full of fabric - mmm yummy. you're welcome over to my place anytime since you have your priorities in order!

MightyMom said...

clean dishes and a made bed are overrated.


I've been trying to tell my husband that for YEARS!!

susan said...

would love to be your partner in the fq swap....i still havent gotten mine, so maybe??
cant wait to see what you do with the fabrics...its good to just go with it when you get an idea
i agree, if you are feeling its not representative of you...best to do something else

ellen said...

Oh, I love all of the comments you have received. Not a quilter here, but I do agree. Go where your heart is, the colors that sing to you and make you glad.
I can hear the hum of that machine as I type and if you have an old one..I can truly smell the ambiance and fragrance of the oil, enabling that little baby workhorse to charge on...the "snarky" seam ripper may be just at hand and beauty will come from your efforts..as it always does.
Charge on and damn the torpedoes.
It will be a work of wonder!
It's 4:30 and I am off to make the bed, clean the toilet and that's it..tee hee.

Rachael Adele said...

It's just gorgeous. What about naming it something like "Alice's Tea Party?"

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

You have such fabulous fabric taste. I love your blog.