Does anyone feel a sense of urgency to finish a project? Not due to a deadline you have, but instead because you are just that excited to complete it so you can move on to the next.
When I started quilting back in September 2015 or so, I said to myself that I would finish one project before I started another. That, for the most part has held true….I think. Haha! Everything is still so new. My creative juices runneth over! Seeing all of the beautiful designs everyone creates sends my brain into overdrive. I scribble ideas down that are inspired by so many of you, and before you know it, I am distracted by another piece of awesomeness. There just doesn’t seem to be enough time in a day and I feel as though I need to make up for so much lost time.
On March 2, 2016, while doodling and looking at quilts on Pinterest, I was fascinated by quilts with curves…with movement. At the same time, I was so intimidated by curves. My quilting journey up to this point had been about straight lines and straight lines only. Oh, but the curves are sooooo pretty! I want movement in my quilts. On graph paper I began drawing some curves and designed my first pattern.
Quickly, I drew up some curved blocks on EQ7 and downloaded the fabrics I chose to use.
This meant I had to learn to sew curves. Searching drunkard path block sewing methods, I discovered the piece-lique method demonstrated by Cristy Fincher. This would be my method of choice to tackle these curves. Tweaking this pattern over the next few weeks, I completed piecing the quilt top together on March 28th.
The next decision I have to make is how to quilt this, what color binding I want to use, and what type of backing I want to use. I will be quilting this myself, hopefully using a long arm machine. That will be another first for me. Call me naive, a noobie, whatever…but this is the urgency I feel. I can’t learn enough quick enough. Not knowing the “correct” way to do some things is sometimes a wonderful thing. It allows no fears to block your creativity. At the same time, I realize mistakes will be made. Lessons will be learned. It’s my journey. I just hope I don’t make mistakes that are too big that they aren’t repairable.
This is my very first blog. I am still trying to figure all of this out. Just a warning to all of you. I am no grammar queen, my writing sounds like my speech. Dory from the movie Nemo is who I see myself coming across as. Not that I forget things as quickly, but my brain zooms through information faster than I can type or speak for that matter. So, if you are a Dory fan, we will get along just fine. If not, my blog is probably not for you.