|Neglected: 1) laundry; 2) the dogs|
What does this have to do with here-and-now? Well, I've been in the home stretch of finishing a quilt top, and have perhaps neglected a few things around the house in my eagerness to get done.
|Neglected: 3) the garden|
One of the things I enjoy about quilting, in the early stages, is the ability to work in small chunks of time. Just 15 minutes to iron open a few seams, or 20 minutes to trim the next group of pieces to be chain-pieced together. It's all about the little steps I can take on a daily basis. I can flit into the sewing room and recharge my batteries, and my family hardly even notices I am gone.
But eventually, I want to see visible progress. With Sweetie's t-shirt quilt 1/2 done as of August 1st, I was in a virtual race the last 2 weeks of the month to get all the blocks put together. And I may have suffered a bit of tunnel-vision myself. (What, tomatoes are not supposed to creep along the ground? But they look so happy down there intertwined with the squash plant.) I definitely neglected all the little bits and pieces around the house as I spent many hours holed away in my sewing cave.
Finally got the last block finished at stitch-n-bitch, and I was able to see my baby come to life.
Oh, it's so lovely. This is my own design, based roughly on a picture I saw in the book Terrific Tees. I could only imagine how it would actually look with the t-shirts in it, after hand-coloring a log cabin trial pattern in a rainbow scheme.
I already have a backing fabric. Have to decide whether I intend to quilt this very simply, or send it out to be professionally quilted. But first... Kennette said that I might need a bit of a border. Dang, wanted so much for this to be completed. She's right, of course. I made each of the log cabin blocks have a solid (or solid-looking) fabric along the outside edges, but there are 3 white t-shirts along the edges also, and that demands a border.
I auditioned an Alexander Henry rainbow stripe as a possible border. (This is the fabric Sweetie initially picked out to be the sashing of a much-plainer design with these t-shirts.) Worried that it might be too "yellow". Sweetie is not a yellow fan. I purposefully made sure the quilt--although having an overall rainbow color theme--was largely in the blue spectrum.
Argh... I could agonize over exactly the right border fabric for ages, or I could just go with the flow here and git 'er done.
I wanna be done with this one, because the next t-shirt quilt is knocking at my creative side-door. And the joy of starting a new quilt is really calling to me.