I've got a problem. It's one of those elusive things that I've just managed to pin down. To explain myself, I'm going to break it into four parts:
I desperately want to make quilts but I don't have inspiration. I can't decide what to make and am not feeling confident in color/fabric choices or quilt patterns to make. Overwhelmed by options.
- high expections. I know I could make something amazing and original if I'd just put forth the effort.
- small amounts of time. It's spring time! Which is awesome because I enjoy gardening and yard work but it really cuts into sewing time.
- too many options! in both fabric and quilting ideas.
- I pop into my sewing room for a few minutes. I falter, not knowing if I should clean up the pile of fabric on my cutting table, or work on an unfinished project or start something new. I feel anxious and soon walk out.
Well, besides the obvious which would be to stop buying fabric, clean up my sewing room and finish all works in progress:) I actually have made huge strides in all these areas over the last 6 months! I have almost no quilts in progress that are not waiting on final hand work or are a long term slow project.
Here's my final solution that I've been thinking of on and off for months. Here and there I've seen someone take a quilt book and make every single quilt in the book. It's always had a certain appeal to me, although I've thought it would be too restrictive for me.
I've decided that it just might be what I need! Right now just the though of it makes me excited! It would take very little thinking on my part, mainly I'd just get the fun part of choosing the fabrics for the quilt and then putting it together. I feel like I need a break from my own mental pressure, and this would be that breath of fresh air!
The fact is that there are practically no quilt books that I would love to make every single quilt included, but that's part of the fun challenge. To use fabrics or change it up in a way that makes me like the quilt.
So which book would I go through and make. every. single. quilt?
Well, I want it to be a book that I already own. One that has a nice mix of quilt sizes and nothing too crazy intense like hours of needle turn applique. I'd like it to be fairly simple patterns that work well to showcase all the pretty fabrics that I have a hard time using up, but also patterns that translate well to a scrappy look because I want to use only my stash.
I've come up with two options that I can't quite decide on.
Sunday Morning Quilts
Which one would you go with? And is anyone crazy enough to join me?!