Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Been thinking a lot about my approach to quilting. In the past I have been like a kid in a candy shoppe, running this way and that way. Sampling this fabric and that fabric. Buying this kit or pattern or that kit and pattern. Then I had a "come to Jesus" moment and reflected on what did I really want and need. I became more excited but, in a different way. I discovered handwork, applique, wool and embroidery. Being organized felt better and just because something is a "good" deal didn't mean I was going to like it or even finish it.
This summer brought me more information about the quilter I am...Sam I am...green eggs and ham. Yes, I went off the deep end. The BOW's were all consuming and although I love them, they became more like a job. I have been listening to little whispers of advice from readers and my quilt groups...and yesterday I did something I thought I wasn't capable of with my slightly compulsive nature. I took down the Primitive Gathering BOW from my design wall. I placed them carefully in their own project box and decided...to take a break. When I went to my BJ's Quilt Basket BOM last Saturday and suddenly realized that I am not behind but moving along with the satisfaction that comes from success...I decided I needed a little more of that feeling.
Looking around my sewing room at little piles, searching through drawers and projects boxes I came upon Henrietta! Now that is one sweet project. Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs generously posts a free BOM every year. Once the year is over then the pattern is no longer free. Her designs are wonderful and always make me smile. When I pulled out my blocks it became apparent that this could conceivably be a last minute two point dunk! I could finish this project before the end of summer! Today is going to be a quiet Woolies at QuiltWorks because several are away on vacation but I will be taking my Henrietta blocks!
Anne Sutton just posed Block 8 and I am close to being done with Block 4, Block 5 is fused and prepped for stitching. This morning I will prep Block 6 & 7. Hey, anyone who is working on Henrietta send me a photo of the blocks you have done!