I feel like I'm trying to catch up on everything. I'm trying to get our lives a bit more organized. I'm so tired of clutter and stuff. When I finally started feeling better toward the end of last week, I got it in my head to repaint the twins' room. They had literally destroyed the walls. I patched multiple spots that were more than a foot square. When she was younger, Miss A would bash her crib against the wall, and then pick at the the paint in the dents she created and peel it off. The walls were a mess. It's so nice to have freshly painted walls in there. I'm coming up with plans to decorate their room with vinyl (I still don't really dare hang anything on their walls yet). Pictures to come when I decide what to do.
I also shipped off these three quilts this morning.
They are headed to QuiltCon for the quilt show. All three quilts I entered were accepted. I was originally excited when I learned my quilts were accepted, but then started dragging my feet. I actually didn't get them ready to ship until just yesterday. I have very mixed feelings about quilt shows. I don't quilt to compete. I do it because I enjoy it. I don't really like the idea of my quilts being judged. They aren't perfect. The bindings and quilting aren't perfect. I struggle with knowing that someone who is "knowledgeable" about quilting will judge my quilts and decide if they are good or bad. How do you compare two quilts? How do you decide which is better? I like my quilts, and that's what matters. It really doesn't matter to me if others don't. I try very hard not to compare my work to the projects other people sew. I share my quilts because I love them. I get excited to share something new I've created. I follow other quilting blogs because I love seeing what others create. To me this whole hobby is about having fun and coming up with something unique, not making something for another person to pick apart and judge. Last week I had almost decided not to send my quilts at all. I talked it over with the hubs quite a bit and finally decided over the weekend to prep and ship them. I knew I would probably regret it if I just chickened out. I still didn't feel settled about the whole thing as I shipped them off this morning. It's not really about whether I win or not, I just don't like knowing that in a couple weeks someone will be holding my quilt next to another person's quilt and deciding which is better. Who really has the right to decide that? Beyond basic good construction, a "great" quilt is simply in the eye of the beholder. To me it's mostly opinion.
For some fun news, my darling friend Colleen from the Busy Bean used my Honeycomb pattern to sew up the warm quilt kit through Marmalade Fabrics. I admit that I love how it turned out. She did a great job. I love the bright colors together.
|Source: The Busy Bean|
Sometime in all the craziness, I did get this quilt finished. This is actually the back. The front is a remake of Crooked Cabins which I plan to release as a pdf pattern toward the end of the month. If you missed that issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited, you'll have another chance to get the pattern. I'm putting together directions for two different layouts, plus tips on designing your own layout.
Here's to a great, healthy February. As a side note, I don't plan to host any link-up parties this year including Slash the Stash and End of the Hallway that I did last year. Because of other things going on in my life, I'm trying to simplify things on the blog.
Pink Castle Fabrics still has 15% off all inventory. Also, US orders over $50 ship free. The code is MOVING15 and is good through Wednesday.