A few weeks ago, as you may recall, I started a little Fall wallhanging with my new Lori Holt templates. Everything was rolling along and I was getting ready to add some pieced blocks to the top and bottom, when all of a sudden I lost interest. I could not get up the enthusiasm to work on it. It hung on my design board and seeing it actually made me not even want to spend time in my quilt room because that project kept staring me in the face….has that happened to you?
It took me a while to figure out why I lost interest and I finally figured it out! I was trying to use “traditional” fall colors….browns, oranges, rust. All those colors that are associated with Fall. Problem is that I don’t really care for those colors AT ALL ( well, except for orange and you can read more about that in this post). I was trying to follow convention and use the colors that most everyone else would use for a fall project, except they were not making my heart sing. So down came that project and I started something completely different: A wonky, wild, and totally free form quilt made up of scraps in colors that I L O V E: Reds, blues, whites, and even a few greens and tans. I started putting these blocks up on my design wall and I would happily walk in there just to look at what I was creating. Now, I realize that making blocks like these is not everybody’s cup of tea. ( Although if you have never tried making free form blocks like this, without measuring or rulers or matching up seams, I highly recommend that you give it a try sometime~ it is so very fun and freeing!). To quote Dr.Seuss:
“If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.”
The point I’m trying to make is that I LOVE my blocks because I’m using colors that I like. No, I am using colors that I love!
I am far from done with my quilt. I decided to add a few wonky Churn Dash blocks, and will probably throw in some Flying Geese ( hey, without having seams to match up, and points to worry about I am FEARLESS!). And I am also using ONLY scraps…so not only am I having a blast, I am also busting through my scrap pile like there is no tomorrow ;).
Now maybe most of you have already had this epiphany, but I had mine this week: Only work on projects that make your heart sing. Life is way too short~enjoy your hobby~enjoy your time creating, and don’t get caught up in finishing a project that you are not enjoying working on.
There, I have had my say. Now I think I will delve into my pile of UFOs and pull out those that do not bring me joy and donate them to someone who will.
Until next time~happy creating!
P.S. If you have been trying to join the little private facebook group JUST for email subscribers and were having trouble requesting access, I think I have it fixed! You can go here to request to be added: Farmhouse Quilts and Friends. I have been sharing little ideas for Christmas gifts, links for free sewalongs, as well as tutorials, so please check it out.
For those of you following along with the Farmgirl Quilt, I have finished my extra blocks and am onto the letters….how are you coming along? Please post pictures of your blocks in the FB group and I will do the same :).