Last December I bought a used Long Arm quilting machine... it was such a good deal and I knew that I could put it to use-- but I did not have a designated space for it (details!) It was bought and the task of figuring out where to set it up became the studio rearrangement project/life rearrangement project of 2013. I am not there yet-- I am definitly doing the good work of getting there and in the mean time I am making lots of simple tops to use as practice for when the garage is finally insulated and lit.
I am accepting now that life is a series of plans we make and then what we end up doing when those plans need some tweaking. The plan tweaking has been such a good learning experience... 2013 is my year of saying YES to things. I am spending less time over-weighing what a precious stack of FQs is going to be and just cutting them up and sewing them back together. I am trying out using a pattern!
My Tula Pink, Birds&Bees, is now a fun (and fast) top made with the St. Louis 16 Patch tutorial(picture below). Above is a Modern Meadows version of Mardi Gras by Villa Rosa designs (Patterns for less than a latte!! I got to meet her at Spring Quilt Market and that was super fun!)
Jelly roll race with my self... this is going to be a happy little quilt for my hammock!
This is the first quilt that I ever made... I thought I was going to hand quilt the whole thing and finished 3 blocks before I tied the rest. Best laid plans, no?! I think that the old adage of "finished is better than perfect" is really good to remember.
I will practice reminding myself of that. Also I need to ask myself more often "What am I planning and what am I actually doing?"
I want to be in the practice of doing.