How do you decide what to work on every time you sit down at your machine? Is it deadline driven? Mood dependent? And how do you decide which direction to take a project?
I’m in the throes of designing/deciding on several projects — a few baby quilts, a few minis, and few other larger quilts — and I have analysis paralysis.
Deciding what do when I have a vision in my head is easy, I just follow the vision. But when the quilt is for an occasion, and for a specific person, then I get bogged down. And the more I like the person, or the bigger the occasion, the more bogged I get. Which, if I’m making a quilt for you, I like you, so you can see the problem.
Sometimes there’s a skill I want to work on and develop, like curves. Or there’s specific fabric I want to use, so I choose what will show it off best. Sometimes I see a pattern or quilt online and know that it’s perfect for so-and-so. But how can you force a vision? And how do you balance your vision with the recipient’s tastes?
And once you have that vision, how do you keep yourself motivated and focused long enough to complete it? It’s easy when it’s exciting — pulling the fabric, making sure you have a perfect balance of colors with a few pops of contrast, or you’re flying along with the quilting. But what about the step where you trim 100 HSTs? Or have to cut 300 4″ squares? Or make binding?
Linking up with Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday.