a.k.a: The Dilemma of a Quilting Addict…
I have discovered a huge problem in my (relatively) new found addiction to quilting… what is a patchwork/quilting addict supposed to do with all the quilts she (or he) ends up making?
It’s been a little over a year since I re-discovered my passion for patchwork and quilting and am already running out of excuses for making quilts…
When I started I only made things at my Grans house when I visited her in the holidays. As I had limited time to make things, accumulating completed (and uncompleted, but that’s a topic for another post entirely) projects wasn’t an issue.
In the last year I have made three full sized quilts, two baby quilts, two quilted advent calendars and a wall hanging, as well as work being under way for another two quilts (my genome one and the denim picnic blanket that’s been sat on the back of a chair for far too long waiting for a back).
There are so many ideas for quilts running through my brain, and even some fabric waiting to be used, but how can I justify making more without ‘reasons’ to make them?
The excuse I’ve used for making the genome quilt is that I don’t really like the one I made for my bed so it will replace that, which is fair enough, but what then? What other excuses or reasons can I come up with to carry on? Or infact, do I really need one?
I really enjoy the process of making quilts. I enjoy the designing, the fabric selection, the cutting, the piecing, the quilting, and even sewing down the binding. There are no steps in the progress that I (so far) dread doing or don’t enjoy. Some parts I find more enjoyable than others, and the different stages give me enjoyment in different ways. I like exercising my creativity when choosing the design of my quilt, selecting fabrics and choosing a quilting design. I find cutting, and (some kinds of) piecing, very relaxing and therapeutic. I enjoy the quilting as it is (currently) the task that is the biggest challenge for me and is therefore a skill I want to practice and hopefully someday master.
Yet despite all of this and the simple fact that it’s a pastime that I enjoy I have this nagging voice at the back of my head that keeps asking me “but where is this quilt you’re planning going to go???”
So, to those of you out there reading this who quilt; what’s your take on this issue? How many is too many? What do you do with the quilts you finish?