Take for example my WIP's this week:
The App Quilt is on the blue chair as I type waiting for a binding. I finished piecing and quilting it this past week. I was so motivated to create this project because I loved the little drawing from my daughter on which it is based. I would consider this particular quilt my style, but I still can't verbalize exactly why.
The Vintage Quilt Revival Sew-Along sucked me in despite the fact that I'm aware I don't enjoy samplers. I tried the Farmer's Wife a couple of years and was done after about 12 blocks. I pushed through and made enough for a baby quilt which I finished and eventually sold. Over the weekend I hit that same point with these blocks. I wasn't loving it. I completed 10 of the 20 blocks and pieced nine of them into a baby quilt again. This quilt is now basted and ready for quilting. I love the backing so much. It's one of my favorite fabrics with colors that dictated the fabrics I used for the blocks. I've realized that sometimes it's just not worth pushing through on a project when I don't love it. I will finish it up into a baby quilt and move on.
This final project is up on the design wall currently. I used a May Chappell pattern from our Sew South swag bag to create this star. I'm making this into a baby quilt for a friend. I simply adored the fabric when I purchased it and convinced myself that I'd find the right project for it. This fabric certainly isn't my normal style, but I broke down anyway. I love the star design, but am still undecided on the overall project. I think I'll love it more as it progresses, and I sew it all together. I am reminded with this project that I also don't enjoy HST projects. All that trimming kills me and takes the fun away.
I tried last night to explain my quilting style to a few people who didn't know I am a quilter. I struggled finding the right way to describe some of the craziness I create. I keep thinking that after all the quilts I've made I should know how to actually define my style. What do I truly enjoy? What are my favorite fabrics? What are my favorite types of designs? The problem is I still feel way too mixed up. I was reading the Mixed Up Chameleon to my kids the other day and realized I felt a bit like that little chameleon. Several of my favorite quilters have amazing and distinctive styles. I, on the other hand, keep trying new things to rule out the ones I don't love. Maybe by the time I'm 85 I will decide and accurately articulate what my quilting style is. Until then, I suppose it's more trial and error.
How do you define your quilting style?