I have been so busy I feel like I have no time to blog anymore. Work has been crazy this spring and my personal life has also filled up fast with other commitments. Plus I'm not working on anything that I find overly exciting right now. It seems like it's just been a lot of deadlines and sewing for other people. I guess I'm just having a hard time feeling passionate about my quilts at the moment. It makes me sad to say that out loud. One of the things I have struggled with as I try to grow my blog and expand my quilting (with the hopeful someday goal of making it my business) is whether or not I should try and grow this "business". If it becomes a business will I lose my passion for making? Will my time go from precious sewing time to burdensome work? I don't know yet. And not being able to answer that question is seriously stressing me out.
I'm hopeful that I'll get some spark and spunk back but I don't know when, so bear with me while I find my mojo again. Do you ever question why you are quilting or taking on a certain project?
Anyhow, enough of that. One of my commitments this year is the Round Trip Quilts round robin bee. We are nearing the end of our nearly year long journey but I still have two more packages to send off.
Right now I'm working on Mary's quilt. She blogs over at See Mary Quilt and is absolutely amazing. Seriously, go check her out. Right now. I'll wait. Her quilt is amazing. Because of a change in the schedule, I've had it in my hands for almost 2 and a half months now. Enough time for something to rub-off on me perhaps? I started with this amazing Roy G. Biv fabric pull and a healthy selection of white and black based low volume fabrics.
I mocked up her quilt top in Excel and played with a print out to see what I wanted my border to be, eventually deciding on a rainbow gradient triangle border. This step was so helpful for me to figure out where all the colors would go. As you can see I had to move things a few times.
Then tragedy struck...I pieced the first side with the triangles point the WRONG DIRECTION! Shortly after that I realized that I'd cut all of my triangles a quarter inch TOO SMALL! Could anything else go wrong? Suddenly my border was completely the wrong size. To make matters worse they finished at 3 3/4" which meant I needed some serious make-it-work action to happen. I had a furious instagram session with Mary and eventually decided to sleep on it, putting the quilt aside out of pure frustration.
The next morning I decided to add one more block to each border bringing each side to a size slightly larger than Mary's current quilt top. I added a black border in between my triangles and Heather's herringbone, playing off some black that was added in at the very beginning.. Once again, I did the math totally wrong and had to trim the border down once I had attached it.
This is the best picture I have of Mary's quilt top so far. My border is now attached and ready to send. We eventually ended up delaying this month's mailing another month because everyone was running behind. So now I have it for another 4 weeks. I'm currently debating adding another low volume border since Mary is missing out on one addition due to our schedule change that I mentioned above. The real question is: do I really want to start working on this rainbow nightmare again?!
I got to meet Mary at MQX this spring in Manchester. She's a fellow New Hampshire resident! I have to say, she's just as amazing in real life as she is on her blog!
Check out my Round Trip Quilts page for more of the work that's happening as a part of this group!