Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Re-Evaluating




Yesterday, as I was getting ready to start the NY Beauty QAL on Flickr it occurred to me that I really did not want to make this quilt. So, I had a serious talk with myself and I said, "Di, you do not have to join every QAL that comes up on Flickr. You do not have to join every swap either". But I said, "I really want to be one of the cool kids, and do all the fun stuff they do". Then I realized I can be cool and still only join the groups that I really want to make the project.  So, no NY Beauty QAL for me and also I am not continuing with the Sew Out Loud QAL. They are both beautiful projects, but I have enough projects to finish without joining anything new for quite some time.

That being said, I can now show you what I have been working on and what I am really enjoying.
First up is the Granny Square QAL on Flickr. I have completed 12 blocks.
While reading Erin's blog this morning I was struck by her brilliant idea to scan your blocks into the computer and then make a grid. I had another talk with myself and said, "DUH! Di, why didn't you think of this? You were a scrapbooker before you were a quilter, surely you should have thought of this idea." I make mosaics all the time using Picassa. This is so cool because I can also audition sashing colors as the quilt progresses. So far this color looks good, don't you think?
The 8th block is finished in the Swoon-along. Only one more to complete and then this baby is ready for sashing and basting. I still don't know how I will quilt this or if I will send it out to the long arm quilter. I think it deserves a lot of attention to detail and I am not there yet with my quilting. One thing I have learned on this quilt is I do not like pressing seams open. It takes forever.
I completed one more block in Jeni's HST BOM. Now this is my kind of QAL, only one block a month. No room for boredom or pressure. If you aren't doing it, you should try it.
I found this mess in my Work in Progress bin. It was supposed to be the backing on my Across the Seas quilt that I completed last year, but I didn't like the way it looked so I put it in the bin and have just discovered it again. I think I might be doing some unpicking on this one and reinvent it into something more pleasing to my eye.
I finished up the March block for Anna in our New Bee on the Block bee. This was a challenge for me, I just don't do improv very well.

March block for Anna

I am making progress on my knitting, too. This little sweater is going to be perfect for our summer vacation to Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Austria.
No Progress 
Nothing on the Stitch Tease Bee for me yet, but check out the Flickr page and see that some of the girls have already completed their first block or strip.

Made in Cherry quilt has not been basted yet.

Rose Star, only 2 made so far.

There won't be anymore sewing going on this week because our son and his family are coming to visit. But there will be plenty of fun with these kids and the entire family getting together. My nephew is going to be in town, too, so we will probably have a revolving door welcoming all sorts of visitors.
I am linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced. Click the button on my sidebar to see other people's WiP posts..
I'm also linking up with Amy's Sew and Tell Friday.


Thanks for stopping by,



"di"

27 comments:

LuLu said...

Diane you ARE one of the cool kids! What on earth are you talking about? But I'm glad you're narrowing it down. No need to stress yourself out with your favorite hobby. And you know what, Improv is super hard for me too. My brain just can not compute lines that don't match up and aren't perfectly square. Have so much fun with the fam :-)

Lee said...

Good for you! Life's too short to work on something you don't really want to do. All your projects are beautiful, especially the granny squares!

And I agree with Lulu, you ARE one of the cool kids. : ) Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday!

Aunt Marti said...

Di, I'm so pleased you are knitting the minimalist cardigan -- will you post about it? I'd love to know what yarn you are using!

Patchwork and Play said...

You are cool! You just don't need to 'do' it all! Just those things you really, really love! Your granny squares are looking fabulous! I have them on my 'to-do' list! Happy family days!

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

Proud of you for saying No when you mean it. I think it is only fun to work on things you love and are excited about anyway. Life is too short.
Love the way your granny squares are coming together and the sashing is lovely. I like the dark - it is a nice contrast.

Sorry I haven't emailed much lately- been swamped with mmc but things are calming down - sort of! :) I think of you all the time though- and when I am in Target for some reason. Maybe it is because I have time to chat then when I only have the little guy. Will have to get your phone number for those occasions. :)
xo

Diane Bohn said...

I have been having the same thoughts lately of stop doing everything, and only do the best stuff (the things I really want to do!). Good for you! It can be hard! I really love your granny squares! :)

Flying Blind... said...

Yay for sitting out - I have done it, and it feels good!
Nothing wrong with being picky!

mtnquiltr said...

I love the conversations you have with yourself! I need to have a talk with me the same way, I was also contemplating the New York Beauty, but really, I have too many WIPs to take on another project. See, you've inspired me, thank you, thank you!

Annabella said...

Your grannies look so pretty with that sashing and yea for having the courage to say `no`! Your swoon is amazing too and totally agree on pressing seams open - so tedious!

Elvy Crafts said...

Beautiful work! And, I love the idea of scanning quilt blocks onto the computer.

Tsoniki said...

I agree with narrowing it down. A few weeks ago I felt overwhelmed and like I needed to join everything and do it all! Then I realized I just don't have time for that! I am doing the HST BOM, which I also love! And I joined a few swaps. I don't have time to do too many QAL's, which is a small disappointment, but I'm okay. LOL

Katy Cameron said...

Hee hee, I love that you gave yourself a good talking to ;o) The cool kids are way too busy (and not all playing with each other lol) so just work on what you feel like :o) (oh, and I confess, I have no intention of making a NYB quilt either, you'll just have to wait and see what my plan is ;o) )

Loving your grannies and swoons anyway, that's the two I've been resisting lol Not that I don't like them, but I just don't have time right now o.O

susan said...

Oh you are soooo one of the cool kids! Pick and choose what suits you. I have quickly learned that taking on too many QALs and swaps just really stresses me and is not worth it. Better to do fewer and really enjoy them.

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

i know exactly how you feel. it's so easy to get into too many projects. your scanned blocks look great. now you've given me the idea of playing with sashing on the mosaics! love that!

Lisa Ann said...

Good for you for not taking on a project you do not love! The projects you do have going are lovely. Of course your granny squares are so nice!

Dana - Old Red Barn Co. said...

Good call Di! I agree with what everyone else has said about only taking on projects that you want to . . . not ones that you feel you have to! Then it's not fun anymore!

Your granny squares look GREAT!

Run Quilt Knit Write said...

You're absolutely right - learning to say no is a big old lesson we women have to learn. I've learned it the hard way, believe me!

Geri Centonze said...

Glad you hear you're limiting yourself to what you really enjoy...after all it's a hobby not a job! LOL Love the sweater too - can't wait to see it finished. What a good idea to piece together the quilt digitally and then try out different fabrics and patterns!

Leanne said...

I agree that you are a cool kid! I like the projects you are working on. Don't sweat the rest.

Debbie said...

Good for you for concentrating on the projects they mean the most to you!! Beautiful projects here - and a Swoon- can't go wrong there!! ;-)

Cindy said...

Have a great weekend with your family!
Love your granny squares and of course I agree with everyone else....you are cool!

Danny said...

You won!! Congrats!

Leanne said...

Congratulations on the Modern Mini win, your quilt is certainly a winner in my books.

LynCC said...

Well, you did a great job on *that* improv! It looks terrific.

amylouwho said...

I've been having the same conversations with myself for the past year! Good job on staying true! I really do want to do the granny QAL too! Maybe next month!

Love seeing all of your fun things! Hope you have a great week with family!

emedoodle said...

I've been having the same thoughts recently about being one of the cool kids... well you're pretty fabulous! I agree, only do the QAL's you love. I'm planning on maybe making one or two of the NY Beauties, but not the whole quilt - I don't tend to like whole quilts done that way! Do what you do, for yourself! :) No need to follow the pack to be awesome!

M-R said...

Love the talk you gave yourself, Diane. That made me giggle! Great projects on the go! That sashing colour is going to look great on your Granny Square QAL. Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!