Category Archives: 2022 Quilting Life

a little crafty depression

I’m a little depressed about how many WIPs and UFOs I have. And there are so many things I want to do. Not to mention all the new projects being planned for upcoming guild workshops and friend quilt-a-longs. There is not enough time and so much to do.

Yesterday I was basting Provence. It was so big, I had a hard time getting it together and evened out. I usually spray baste but it was unwieldy. So first I laid it out on the floor and started pinning. I hate pin basting. One side came up short. I thought, it can’t really be short I must have pin basted a ton of puckers on the back. I did. So then I took it to my iron and took out pins on half of one side and proceeded to spray baste the back and the front. Normally I just do the front and once all that is done I do the back. I’m not sure what got into me but I decided to do both from and back. I think I just forgot since it’s been so long since I’ve basted.

It was hot and I was having a hard time. Halfway through I decided to just do the front. But I was short again! This could not be right. I probably didn’t fix those puckers well enough. So I turned the quilt over and started again. This time only spray basting the back. I got to the other side and it was still short. So… yes there were puckers but not enough to fix the short side. That was 6 hours of work. Doing something that normally takes me 2. I was very depressed because nothing I wanted to do got done.

I sat on the floor and stared up into my lovely fabric stash. But I didn’t see the loveliness and my mood did not improve. All I saw was every single WIP and UFO that was sitting on the floor and in my shelves. I thought it would make me feel better if I wrote it all down. Lists generally help calm my mind when anxiety starts to kick in. It didn’t help me this time around. It got worse. I left my sewing room and watched tv with the hubby before heading off to bed.

Please tell me I’m not the only one.

Slightly coocoo,

Melanie

September 2022

Life is starting to get back into busy mode. I have to remind myself to take things slow as I am a process crafter. For the most part at least.

This month my goal is to finish Provence. I am almost done with the back. it’s the right width now and I need about 30” to make it the right height. I still have to measure it and figure it out.

Provence – completed top…

I’m also starting two maybe three new quilts. I’m part of my local quilt guild and I support it by attending all the workshops. I encourage all my friends to go with me so we usually fill 6 spots or so. This month Dora Carey of Orange Dot Quilts will be teaching ‘Arabesque’. So I’ll be starting that. I pulled fabric for it yesterday but I’m not exactly thrilled with my selection. I love all the fabric but I’m not sure if this quilt is the right choice. I have to figure this out pretty quick as the workshop is in a couple weeks and we have homework.

The second quilt is a disappearing 9 patch sew along that one of my friends is hosting for our guild. I’ve always wanted to do one of these and just haven’t gotten around to it. So I get to support my friend and finally get around to doing a disappearing 9 patch.

The possible third quilt is Tula’s Butterfly Quilt that took over social media several months ago. The kit finally came in and I just want to dive into all those pretty fabric. This is the only thing I truly want to work on.

I know… I have too many quilts starting and I still have several finished tops that need to be quilted. I’m a little down about the amount of WIPs I’ve got. I started a bunch this year because of my guilds workshops and I already have my retreat projects that I only work on at retreats. I think I need to go over my list of projects and start planning my upcoming crafty goals. It’s starting to get to the end of the year and reviewing what I’ve finished and what I still got to do always make me feel better about ny crafting state.

Stay crafty friends and don’t let the WIPs and UFOs overwhelm you!

Melanie