Lately I have been giving much thought to finishing and the importance we place on it.
I will confess that I tend to be a bit compulsive obsessive. Doesn't seem that I have seen a quilt I did not want to make. Fabric makes my heart go pitter pat. The more small pieces a quilt has,
the more my heart flutters.
Thanks to the encouragement from some of my fellow bloggers I will say I am at long last enjoying more finishes and starting fewer projects.
I have finally made my list of the projects I have in the studio. I really go oven the top when anyone offers a B0M or if Judy has a new pattern.
Siggies are another weakness of mine. Below are the first of my birthday siggies. This year I am adding a wonder wallet by Lazy Girl. If you don't have one of these you are missing a real handy item. I am moving right along and have one fourth of them done.
The other day there was nothing prepped in my basket by my chair except this Gail Pan design. You can click her link on the side bar. This is a pattern she offered free. I have no idea at this time what fabric I will use for this stitchery or exactly how it will be finished. A small wall hanging or even a pillow. Only time will tell. I am still counting it as a finish for now.
A few days later I prepped the April block from Gail Pan. I have two of them stitched with fabric but I am not to happy with the choice. It is what I had on hand. I am not going to add the borders to anymore but look for a fabric I like better first.
One of my Long Term Projects is the ubiquitous Grandmother's Flower Garden. I have been working on this since 2005. No, not consistently but every once in a while the muse brings this to mind and I add a few more flowers. Well, all the flowers are done and now we are in the assembly stage. FINISH? I sure do hope to. SOON... Probably not. I am enjoying this adventure. I have gotten pleasure from every stitch I placed in this quilt. I have stitched it at home and on car and plane journeys. This quilt has traveled with me to North Carolina and back more than once. And when it is done I will remember those times while I wrap it around me.
This past weekend I cut all the rest of the strips of fabric for the pathways. Now I can just cut out the hexagon shapes
and iron on the freezer paper. I will be working on this for many more days and nights. But who is in a hurry?
Finishing is nice but so is the journey. I will be much more thoughtful about any project I begin and I will be finishing many more than I start but I will alter my pace and savor the time I spend with my needle much more than ever before.