Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Why can't I finish this quilt?!

What is it about an almost finished quilt that makes us pause and want to start something new?

It can't be boredom.
It can't be deadlines of other projects.
It most certainly can't be the Fear of Saying Goodbye ... or can it?

I don't know a single quilter that has no WIPs (Works in Progress) or UFOs (Unfinished Objects).  Actually, I know many that have piles and piles of them.  I know it isn't just me that suffers from whatever it is that stops us from finishing these projects.

There is the occasional one that just isn't appealing anymore.  The "what was I thinking" quilt top.
Then there is the mistake or method we just can't get right.  Too much frustration to keep going.

But, there is also the one we love too much.  We all have our weak points when it comes to the skills needed to make a quilt start to finish.  For some it is the start of the design - they are the pattern followers.  For others it is the fabric matching - the kit buyers. The piecing perfectionists have multiple, sharp seam rippers at the ready.  And others (like myself) need quilting practice. (and sandwiching practice too).  I am not "terrible" at it, but I want to be so much more. 

I am one of those quilters that likes to do it all myself start to finish.  Besides, I don't really have the funds to hire out a long-armer anyways.  That is probably why I have so many loved quilt tops in a tote setting off to the side. 

Every once in awhile I will pull them out, caress the fabrics and look at the beautiful fabrics and patterns, then fold them up and put them away, not quite ready to quilt them yet.  I want so badly to have the time to practice my quilting, but I just don't get around to it enough.  Not for the level of quilting I want on the beautiful tops I have set aside.  I want to learn to use a long-arm machine.  I would LOVE to be able to practice on one during my own time, but that just isn't the way it works.  Sigh.....

For you out there with your own long-arm machines.  What made you decide to finally make that purchase?  Had you built up your skill before buying one of your own?  How did you KNOW it was what you wanted?

Just a couple of Blocks & Tops I love too much to finish: