Tuesday, August 14, 2012

My Strange and Wonderful Process

So.  I truly am working on my Mini Cake Stand quilt.  Honestly.  But there's a point (or several points actually) when things always seem to get extremely tedious.  The back and shoulders start hurting.  The eyes blur.  I almost run over my finger with the needle.  Again.  
Mini Cake Stands in progress, really
That's when I feel the need to either leave the quilt room entirely OR find something else to work on.  It's the number one reason I have several quilts in various stages of completion all at the same time.  Plus, I focus better when I don't just push through the boring stuff all in one big step.  It's the simmer system.  If I let things simmer until I feel good about the next step, I come up with better ideas.  Feel more creative.  And usually, more old fabric/scraps/leftovers are used up.  It's a win win all the way around.
I need to use my leftover viney stuff somewhere.
It's getting all sad and neglected feeling stuffed in the box.
My Happy Geese quilt (the project where I ripped ugly blocks apart and started over) has been busily simmering over in the corner of the quilt room.  The moment came when I couldn't bear to sew on my Mini Cake Stands for another second and then my eyes happened to rest upon the geese panels.  All of a sudden I had ideas.  Ideas that no doubt I could go digging through my inspiration books and discover have been done a dozen times before today by other quilters.  But that's okay 'cuz my leftover vines need rescuing and I'm not pretending to reinvent the wheel.  Just enjoy my quilting.
Curvy wurvy stitching and me:  Not getting along at all.
I tried out that curvy stitching stuff.  All these good ideas and I don't know anything about what I'm doing.  After 2 hours of trying to get things to sorta lay flat and then intensely examining a good quilting book with instructions and everything, I finally gave up.  My seam ripper was about to melt and I was done.  Absolutely fried with the entire effort.
Hand stitching it is!
So, back to the basics of what I do best.  That lovely hand stitching.  I feel pathetic.  Obviously I need a class.  With lots of visuals.*wink
I think I've been here before.....
Thankfully hand stitching is a fairly soothing endeavor.  Isn't it incredibly relaxing to work with something that actually wants to cooperate?


  1. I'm so glad you came up with a name for that process..."Simmer System". Sounds so much better than "procrastinating"! hee hee! Yep, I often work that way too.

    I'm having such hard time concentrating on just one project at a time. I keep wanting to do anything BUT what I'm doing. But it must be done in time for the Oct. quilt show, so I force myself to plug along through the tedious parts. Slowly it is getting done. Ugh.

  2. I have never in my life procrastinated a thing (cough, gag, chuckle!) I am a firm follower of this rule of thumb: WHY PUT OFF TILL TOMORROW WHAT CAN BE PUT OFF TILL NEXT WEEK!

  3. Absolutely...the hand stitching can fix anything :)


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