One, two, or three( cannot go beyond three), yes, we all have them. Habits, whether good or bad, take up space in our daily routine. I figure after sharing my quilt travesty why stop there? I might as well turn the page on the open book of Lisa Calle.
Bad Habit #1: While I am quilting I have a tendency to throw all of my thread snips onto the floor. This then requires me to vacuum up all those lovely little snips at a later date. Dare I say a much later date, an extended date that I push-off as long as possible. The consequence of this snip littering has me entering a store with various colors and lengths of thread dripping off my pants. I look like an episode of Project Runway gone bad, really bad. I keep forgetting to keep a lint roller in my car, definitely not the way to break my habit but it would allow me to keep an intervention from occurring.
Bad Habit #2: Making sure my family is fed on days that I am immersed in my studio; which is typically Monday through Friday. Yes, they actually expect to be fed, they are obviously a bit clueless to what the addiction of fabric does to a quilter. Let’s clue them in shall we…no dinner!
Good Habit #1: And at this time there is only one that I am going to report, I need to think on a few others (or rather think if I have any others). Prior to beginning a new project after completing one I MUST clean my studio. I need to start my new design in an area that is nice and tidy. But within mere hours I revert back to bad habit #1 as thread snips cover the floor, and various tools/materials take over my work space.
What habits take over your quilting life? Please tell me I’m not the only one that allows their family to starve for a majority of the week? By the way there is always frozen waffles and pizza in my freezer!
That is my way of thinking once I have a vision. I am steadfast on moving right along the course I have planned, but there are times when a design does not transpire the way I originally anticipated. This is especially true concerning the piecing aspect of my quilting. Gauging the amount of fabric required has been an issue for me in the past. Unfortunately, when I miss calculated the material needed, I needed to incorporate some major creativity in order to make the project work.
Case in point would by my Hula Hibiscus:
Originally I planned to use more of the color blue so that I would enhance the outer portions of the quilt. Obviously the end result was much different as I did not have enough blue and had to revise my plan of action!
Here is another example where I needed to abort the initial mission:
While producing the above small sample it became apparent that I did not have correct color thread. My intended goal was to match the thread to the background, well change of plans for this quilter! My color choice of thread then had to be altered to a shade that was similar, or kind of similar to the background. Again, not what I mentally manufactured for this design. Boy oh boy does thread choice make a difference! This little piece would appear completely different, if a blending thread had been used.
Regardless of the reason , sometimes being creative means revising again, and again, and again. It may not be that you have miscalculated the amount of fabric needed, or neglect to possess the correct thread color; it could simply be that mentally your vision is taking your design in a new direction. Whatever the reason, embrace what is being set before you and unleash the talent within.
Deviating from what you “thought” was the best plan, might just produce the most amazing plan ever!
Have you needed to revise, or deviate from your “original” quilt idea? If so was it due to not liking your design, or (like me) you misjudged your design requirements?
I am so excited for this class! What are we going to do, you ask? We have 4 hours to talk about anything you want as you watch me progress through quilting through this sample! This is a block from my new show quilt which is NOT done. LOL I am going to be putting on a border , not quite sure what yet but I want it to be something fun.
We’ll go through my Divide and Design Process and I’ll show you what I didn’t choose and why. What threads and batting I like to use as well. So many things and with only 4 hours, I hope to get it all in. Bring in your tops that you don’t know what you want to do with and maybe I can help with that too. Hope to see you there.