I have to say, honestly, I am suffering right now from burn out. It does seem to happen this time of year because:
1. It's cold and dark out and I don't want to leave me bed, let alone my house, and my pjs are so comfy.
2. I've been quilting like a maniac and my back and chest need a rest.
3. I've quilted so many Christmas gifts for my customers, I don't have time or energy to make my own.
4. My brain just needs a reset.
But I think I've found the cure! I was cleaning my house last week and decided to treat myself to a few "me" minutes and sit down and read the new APQ magazine...
That's when I saw it! Have you seen it? If not, check it out here!
I cannot tell you the last time I made a quilt just to make it. (Now I know this is my job and all, but lately it's been turning into work and less fun, so I'm sorry if I sound like I'm complaining) When I saw Moda Lissa's quilt I immediately had to jump into my stash and make this quilt, like YESTERDAY.
Well, reality hit and there were still Christmas quilts to finish, so I kinda put this project on the back burner and moved on.
A couple days later, much quilting progress was made and I happened to have to go to the quilt shop while running errands. (I swear I did, I had things to drop off and pick up for customers, pinky promise) I was chatting and decided I had a few minutes to spare and then I got in trouble... I came home with these and a plan:
I'm all in that clear out the bad and deal with what needs dealt with before starting something new phase. I just feel cluttered and out of sorts and I did pretty good so I think if I still feel perky after quilting today I might start cutting. Or if not a hand quilting project is still calling my name.
I've been hand quilting for an hour or so each day, but when it's dark it gets hard to see on some of the fabrics and I have to try again. It's been nice to have that as something to do and look forward to as well.
I'm so excited to start this quilt and hopefully by next week I will have a block or two done. I'm debating on doing one block at a time, or all the pieces first, or I dunno. I'll see what happens when I get there!
So do you like my colors? Have any suggestions on how to proceed? Any relaxing tips to share? I'm all ears!
If you're interested in making this quilt, be sure to check out the Feb. 2014 Issue of American Patchwork & Quilting (on newsstands now) and all of the information is in there! Otherwise, you can check it all out here on Moda Lissa's blog!