Sometimes I catch myself getting overwhelmed- with quilting in particular. I suppose I may be one of those people that are “great in concept and poor with execution” (in many areas but I’m relentlessly successful at failing to execute in sewing). There are are so many “great ideas” I’ve had that have just become nothing due to lack of persistence or whatever especially when it comes to larger projects.
I am very pleased to say that I did not allow the negativity and demotivating crap in my head stop my from meeting my deadline thus far with my string quilt!
The quilt top patchwork is officially assembled!!! And sweet God did I have some BS going on in my head the entire time. This quilt (after assembly) is 77″x69″ and if I really break it down, this is what that means:
*168 individual string blocks
*estimated 1,344 individual pieces of color coordinated fabric (with an average of 8 strips per block)
I cannot tell you how long I’ve been wanting to replace this embarrassing first attempt at a quilt Brandon and I have on our bed but have felt trapped into making smaller quilts by the enormousness of the task itself and, quite frankly, laziness I guess.
At the risk of sounding cliche, it is not only a huge sense of accomplishment and personal fulfillment from meeting my goal that I feel, but I feel energized! I can only compare it to going to the gym: I feel tired so I don’t go to the gym and I continue to be tired or I feel tired but I go to the gym anyways and even though I was expending energy to work out, upon completion of my workout I find that I have more energy. That has been my experience with this quilt so much so that I am newly motivated to scrap piece a funky border!
I am going to sketch it out and post the pictures in just a little bit.
… Oh yeah! And happy Valentines Day everyone! Whatever your “love situation”, today is a great day to love yourself. (**I’m celebrating by staying sober )