I know one thing....I have given up goal setting! Talk about something that gets in the way and can alienate your life! Here is a for instance:
You know by now that I am pretty terrified by free motion quilting. I think the terror lurks because I have devoted so many hours of my love and life to a hand appliqued quilt or wall hanging. The possibility of ruining my heart's work with inept quilting is an unbearable thought.
You might wonder what this had to do with goal setting but I will tell you. I was getting so wrapped up in making 25 blocks for June that I almost discarded the opportunity to work on the thing that gives me nightmares. The facebook group The Sit Down Free Motion Quilters is offering a fmq sampler for members to work along side each other to see how everyone is progressing and learning from each other and showing our contributions. My goal mind set said "no you cannot do that-you don't have time-you have 25 blocks to finish". That is when I drew the line on this goal process-it was getting in the way of progress!
The Sit Down Free Motion Quilters is such a nice group. They have provided lots of good info and instructions for the sampler which I have downloaded and printed (so I can lug them around with me). I was meticulous in making my quilt sandwich even though this is a sampler and not the "real thing".
This is the stabilized sandwich. I am quilting the top with shades of rose/purple and the bobbin will be orange. Now that it is stabilized, I took the pins out.
Here is a question for anyone: I know why quilters who use a quilting frame leave large margins beyond where the quilt will end. That is so they can clamp and pull these edges for good tension. However, for a sit down fmq is it necessary to leave such large margins? Sometimes these large margins get in the way and can flop around accidentally getting sewn into the quilting. What are people's opinion on this? I left about 2.5 inches for this quilt and basted the edges together. This gives me enough if I need to hold the quilt for the fmq process.
Here is another reason to abandon goals:
I was beginning to get a production line going for my blocks in order to reach 25 for June and making blocks because 25 needed to be made. I have always been a self motivated person and never had a problem finishing a project. Loving what I do finishes projects.
These are my blocks for this post. I don't know what the source of the first block is-maybe I made it up-it is a logical block. The second two are variations on blocks from the Stonefields pattern. I added the broderie perse and the butterfly to the third block as it seemed kind of stark and alone. Here is a close up of the middle block :
That's all for now. We have been having a heat wave with 98 degrees and high humidity. Right now there is a wonderful thunderstorm with cracks of lightening and buckets of rain. Maybe this will bring in some cooler weather.
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