So, today, I have decided to share my oldest WIP, and contemplate its future. How do we cope with personal styles, goals, skills, and visions changing with our half done quilts? [I apologize now for the picture overload to come]
So way back in 2011, Fussy Cut hosted the Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along. And being a newish quilter I, of course, thought I could easily follow along and have a finished quilt in just a few months. Yup, I’m laughing too. But I did make a decent start, and every once in a while I would get this bug in my ear to finish it up and I would sit down and make a few blocks more.
It would again sit in a pile for months on end till I saw another beautiful version online. Then I would make a few more blocks, then set it aside again. The blocks have changed as my tastes and fabric stash has changed. My skills have improved with these blocks as well (don’t look too closely at some of them!) and I still love each and every block.
But, I’ve recently come to the realization — I don’t enjoy precision piecing, at least not in a large quantity. I don’t really like following a pattern. Traditional layouts just aren’t my thing. And I think I’m okay with that.
Now here’s where the decision comes in. I have 45 blocks; well that I can find. There might be a few more lurking somewhere. Knowing what I do about myself, do I push through more blocks? I was shooting for a queen size, so that’s another 40-60 blocks depending on layout. I could make a smaller quilt, but I really wanted it to be usable. I was contemplating doing a bit of improv piecing and adding large sections of fabric. I don’t want to lose the blocks in whatever piecing I do, and I want these 6″ blocks to really shine.
So what would you do? Carry on? Mod it up with alternate gridwork and negative space? Hide it in a closet for another three years?
Linking up with Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday