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Quilt Talk

A current project (one that has lasted for at least the last year, due to other quilt projects getting in the way) is on my design wall.  It and I are having a discussion.  The would be quilt is happiest it seems the way I have the blocks placed right now.  I, on the other hand am having difficulty with the completed size.

I bought yards and yards of fabric for this project, only to make blocks that I don’t like because there wasn’t enough variety in fabric.  The yards and yards I bought were only of about 8 or 10 different fabrics.  Not a  mistake I will easily make again.  Don’t get me wrong, I like to buy a lot of fabric, but give me fat quarters!  More choices in color and variety of texture the sure fire way to please the artist in me.

The block is a paper pieced New York Beauty and I have made scores of them.  So many in fact, I doubt I will use them all.  Herein lies the problem.  All that work and I might not use what it took so long to make.  My husband, bless his heart, thinks the idea of all that work going to waste is a shame.  He also thinks if you’re making a quilt, make the biggest one you can so they can go on any bed in the house.  Really?  I don’t want to make bedspreads I want to make quilts.  Quilts of varying sizes and patterns.

The layout on my design wall of  this current project is small, very pretty, but smaller than I was hoping for.  There will not be borders on this quilt, which makes it and I very happy, but doesn’t give me a chance to make it any larger.  At this point any border seems only to be a distraction.

Also, if I add more rows of blocks the current design will be lost.  I guess I could try different layouts, but the quilt top doesn’t like that and I stop myself after adjusting only a few to rearrange them back to the position they are now in.  Maybe with all the extra blocks I have I could make a second quilt at the same time, but I’m not sure I can work on two projects at the same time that so closely resemble one another.  Currently I have about 5 projects in different stages and the best part is how different they are.

Funny thing, I love it when my project starts to have a voice of it’s own and I can hear it.  I only wish this quilt hadn’t started talking so soon.

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