Sunday, August 07, 2011

My favorite part...

My favorite part of quilting………..I have thought about it a lot. There’s the choosing the pattern—I love… I study quilt photos constantly. It’s relaxing to me. Some people workout to the television, or music, I study quilt pictures. I like choosing the fabrics and cutting out the pieces. One of my favorite things to do is to total up the individual pieces for a total count of a quilt. Piecing and bring those individual squares ranks pretty high. I just love bringing it to life.


While I don’t love stretching a quilt—the machine quilting is the most challenging part for me and it’s something I want to work at getting better at. Bindings are addictive because you are just so close to being finished with the project. When a quilt is completed, I have put time and energy into it…. Most of the time I’m tired of it and I’m pretty hard on myself as to whether I did a ‘good enough’ job.

But I have spent time thinking about it this weekend—my very favorite part of quilting is taking that quilt out and covering a table, covering a bed, hanging it up—maybe throwing it over a ladder-back chair.

I have 4 quilts pieced…. Four of them not quilted. I’ve even blogged about getting them quilted and I put it off—I think it’s because stretching them onto the frame is the hardest part for me. I want to complete them so this afternoon I got one stretched and part of the way machine quilted. For those that don’t relish that “ladder-back chair” experience---to have the un-quilted projects on the shelf is no big deal… but it bothers me… and I’ve promised myself that I’m giving at least 30 minutes a night this week to work at getting these projects done. I’m working from easiest to hardest because I’m hoping to improve as I work at it.

This weekend Don ran 10.25 miles… he’s working toward a relay with Eric. I ran the pups twice on Saturday and a 4 mile workout this evening on the elliptical machine. I went to the farmer’s market and picked black-eyed susans from the roadside.

I played in the garden, knocked out the housework and got a nap after reading a few pages from my IPAD. This weekend was outstanding…. Boring to some, pretty much perfect to me.

I can deal with Monday…

8 comments:

Colleen said...

I love how you describe your favorite parts of quilting. I agree and have the same feeling!
Your weekend doesn't seem boring at all!

Carol said...

What a wonderful description of your favorite parts of quilting...you truly love the process! Sounds like you had a perfect weekend!

KC Quilter said...

Sounds peaceful and relaxing!

Libby said...

I'm like you - I like 'em finished up *s* Stitching down the binding is my favorite part of the making but there is just nothing like pulling a finished quilt fresh from the dryer all warm and crinkly *ahhhhh*

Greenmare said...

perfect weekend! and I love your favorite parts of quilting too!

Muddling Through said...

Your quilting looks pretty great to me! And I like just about every part of qulting, except whatever part it is that I'm tired of at the moment. :) But, yes, the best part is finished. And finished and where it belongs is best of all. But then you have to start another one. LOL

deb said...

Sounds like a perfectly lovely weekend!!!!
I like putting them on the table too...the best part...but Im such a newbie that I need to learn a lot more if Im to continue quilting, which is really up in the air right now...lol...

Sue said...

Hi Melanie. For some reason blogger isn't giving me updates to the dashboard so I've missed your post.

I love what you're working on. It looks great!

I like to finish up a quilt too. I used to be a 'one project at a time' kind of gal, but that goes out the window very quickly when you see so many great new projects coming on the market. I still believe in the idea of getting something done though and I think it's great that you are disciplining yourself to those 30 minutes each night to do so.

Can't wait to see what you'll show us next :)