It's quite amusing how as quilters, we start a project with the firm intention of finishing it before moving on to the next one. But a new project catches our eye and squirrel . I have to admit, that's usually what happens to me. Now saying that I keep mine under control sort of. I have a dozen project boxes and if they are all full I can’t start anything new. It really does keep things in check.
Evil giggle who am I kidding, I just got back from Sisters Oregon with enough fabric to start two new projects. And a friend challenged me to start and finish Jakes Chain quilt on my feather weight. It’s hard not to squirrel and move on to something better. I am not saying the projects I started years ago will never be finished but there maybe reasons it was put away for another day. Sometimes, we find ourselves making incorrect fabric choices, tackling projects beyond our skill level at the time, or realizing that the original reason for starting a project is no longer relevant.
This week I finally finished my Little House quilt. I’ve worked on it on and off for way too many years. Honestly, I have no idea how long it’s been waiting to be finished. I had a plan then changed the plan. During Covid, I asked people to send me fabric to fussy-cutting things for the windows. Then decided to design buildings that represented the places I have lived. You get the picture, I started to over complicate it. Thankfully, my quilting skills have improved since I began, so the earlier blocks aren't as impressive as the later ones. The list of things that got in the way of finishing it got longer. It should have been done for Heritage Parks Festival of quilts but my machine broke seven rows from being done. And yesterday finished quilting it and thought oh I’ll put little door handles on each door…. Walk away stupid…. Keep it simple stupid. (KISS) I tell my students don’t over complicate it!
You know, sometimes done is better than another year spent in the project box. A quilt is meant to be used, enjoyed, or gifted. And, let's face it, we're all addicted to creating quilts. The fabric is like our drug of choice! And the quilt shop? Well, that's your dealer! (Laugh out loud!)
Final Quilt pictures
I wonder what that makes me? A quilting addict, no doubt. So, how many projects do you have waiting to be completed? Perhaps it's time to finish a few! Let me know, and we can even schedule a discounted rate of $100 for any size project. Maybe this will be the kick in the pants we all need to finish something before Christmas!
On another note, I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who attended our fundraiser last month. We managed to raise $1000 for www.nofixedaddress.ca. The afternoon tea was a big hit! Our next fundraiser is going to be a BBQ on August 4th, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. It's $25 per person, and for those who want adult beverages, it's $35 per person. Please RSVP for this event so we can plan accordingly. The menu, including an 18-pound brisket, burgers, smokies, salads, and more, will be posted on Instagram and Facebook. See you there!
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