I like to make things. I have many craft projects I do like knitting, tatting, crochet and violin playing that I like to do and have studied over the years. I even practice them a lot. But I would say I am not as passionate about these things as quilting. I like to try new things out. I like to make things that appeal to me, vs making something that I would guess another person would like… and they don’t always. Gift giving is a risk! I do give quilts as gifts to special people. I do make quilts and give some away to charities, occasionally. But honestly, they are like my little quilt family that I don’t really want to let to live somewhere else. I appreciate them because I made them in a way that I would like.
So I have the- not= well- received Scrap Vomit blocks all pieced. I have a few blocks up on the design wall. It will be a 5×5 setting and measure about 60 inches. No sashing or borders. I know some people think its weird to take all my traditional and a few modern 2.5 inch charms and make this quilt but I love it! See my previous post here about the pattern that Katy Jones did. This is a nod to a postage stamp quilt my grandmother always wanted to make but didn’t. It is my more up to date version using more traditional fabrics.
You can see lots of my quilts on this blog and I have to say that sometimes , as in any creative field, you have a hit. Maybe a miss or as I like to call them experiments or a total fail but I think that once this one is together it will be a hit. I am putting it away for a while and working on some block exchanges. I know, I have not done them in years and thought I would not like doing them again. I am going to try. We will see if these internet based ones have nice people in them. I think they will.
Vicki, your attitude about your quilts mirrors mine. I make what I love to design-never use a pattern-and then I want to keep the final result. I have given away lots of them because we live in a very small home and there’s simply a dearth of space to store them. They are draped over chairs, laid across tables, hung on the walls, used as window dressing or on the two beds. Yet I still want to keep the ones I am working on now. Hmmmm. Suggestions?
I love your designs. Keep making and blogging about your adventures, please. Happy Holidays and may every step we take in 2017 lead the way to peace.
Thanks for reading and commenting. I have quilts everywhere. I store many in totes and rotate them out seasonally. Most of mine get used, a couple I think are too special and only come out for show and tell. Making quilts is so involved that I get super attached to them!
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Exactly-it’s incredibly involved, time-consuming, and creative. How does one not get attached?
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I have always found my quilts have been well received. Yes I love making them and I make what I like too. I love the process and afterwards don’t have to own them…guess we are all different. Keep enjoying the making and keeping
I don’t know why I have such a hard time giving quilts away! I have also been met with some pretty hard criticism in a gift so I keep them. Thanks for reading my blog and commenting!!!