This month’s installment on our series titled ‘The Emotions of Quilting’ is brought to you by Alison Schmidt. You may also know her as one of the Tech Editors at C&T or, better yet, as one of the quilt exhibitors in the Modern Quilt Guild Exhibit in Houston this year!
If you consider yourself a modern quilter, today may be an important deadline for you: midnight Central Standard Time is the entry deadline for the quilt show at Quiltcon, the inaugural modern quilt conference and show.
Did you finish a quilt and submit it?
I had a brilliant (if I do say so myself) idea.
And one that wouldn’t take forever to execute.
Improvisationally pieced in a way that made so much sense in my head!
But first my go-to shop for linen was out of some of the colors I wanted….but as soon as they were back in stock, Natural, Sand, Putty, and Taupe were on their way to me.
Then I had to find neon….in cotton. In a slightly faded shade (because that’s how it looked in my inner eye)…
While it’s all over the trendy garment world, it hasn’t quite made it to the quilting world yet….
but Michael Miller will be bringing it to you next year….
Which is no help when you have said aforementioned deadline…
So I got creative, hit up the malls, and found some cotton shirts in a neon oxford fabric.
I scheduled a quiet Thanksgiving and did this:
which became this:
And I pieced a quilt top that was what I thought I was aiming for….
and I didn’t like it….and the quilting I was planning wasn’t enough to make me love it.
And the deadline was looming ever closer.
So I pulled out some non-improvisational quilting, something already designed and cut, that just needed more time at the machine.
I worked on some more rings for my Single Girl quilt, designed by Denyse Schmidt, and it felt great. I just stitched – didn’t have to make any decisions!
I kept going back to my design wall, I did some more hacking and inserting,
but my Quiltcon top still didn’t feel finished.
So today’s the deadline, and I’m not submitting anything.
But I learned something just as worthwhile to me as having a quilt in a show with my peers -
that I can’t do creative sewing on someone’s else schedule! I need time – a lot of time – to sit and stare, mumble and mutter, and try out different little bits of fabric, before I love what I’ve made. And I can’t keep sewing if I don’t love it.
What are your most productive sewing times? How long do you spend on a project that’s not working before you move on to something else? Any tips for getting “unstuck”?
And did you finish and submit a quilt for Quiltcon? I can’t wait to see what IS on display next February in Austin!