Monday, October 8, 2018

Book of the Month - a Sad Update

Those of you who are long time followers know that I try to make a quilt from a featured book each month. Back in September, I chose Oh Scrap! by Lissa Alexander.

It's been six weeks.
Have I chosen what I'd make? Nope.
Do I have the energy to make a quilt from this book in October? Nope.

And now that new book is due back at the library, and back it will go. Originally, I thought it would inspire me to use up some of the stash that's overflowing under the quilting frame. 

Thumbing through the book, I did fall in love with Awesome Land,
Awesome Land quilt
and Stair Steps. 

Stair Steps quilt

So what's held me back from starting in?

First, my own personal projects for fall. My head started in, the ideas flowed, and the time ticked away to bring those ideas to a complete quilt.

Second, a longarm machine quilting marathon last week - eight hours in one day. The quilt was huge, taking up my whole frame, and once I started in, it was hard to find a good stopping point. Sure, I was fine that day, but it took a toll the rest of the week.

Third, I really loved the color scheme Lissa used on Awesome Land. Having just gone through my oranges for Pumpkin Harvest, I knew I didn't have those lighter value, crisp prints. And I wasn't going shopping, nor was I excited about some other color scheme, so that one was out.

Fourth, I loved the scrappiness of Stair Steps, but at the moment, I'm just not in the mood to deal with all the little pieces. Too many other things are taking my attention.

So, there you have it. It's probably the first time I've featured a book and not made a quilt, but that's life. Of course, even though I didn't make anything, that doesn't prevent you from trying one of the patterns - and I hope you do.

Happy Quilting!

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  1. Oh I recognize some of those thoughts so well. Though your reasons for not beginning something sound so much more valid than my inertia! Thanks for this post.

  2. Humm all of this sounds very familiar!!! I do believe that we forgive you! Other things plus life does have its way of messing up our plans! Hope all is well! Have a great day and do not do what I do - Rest!

  3. So many times I've pulled out books from my personal library, looked through them, picked out projects, and that's where it ended. Sometimes it's just better to sit back, read through them, and rest. Thank you for the honest post, Susan!

  4. I've done something similar with a stack of fabrics. I'll pull out some fabrics that I think look great together and then they sit there because I can't decide what to make or in one case, I pulled a bunch of florals for a specific purpose, but when I got back to them, I couldn't remember what I was going to make. Too many projects, too much fabric, not enough time.


  5. Eight hours in one day? Yikes. That is intense. I think we can all relate to each of your explanations.


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