Thursday, December 02, 2010

Once again time is flying by faster than my mind can grasp. I feel as if I've lost an entire week. Honestly, I thought there was going to be another whole week between Thanksgiving and the beginning of December. Well, what's a girl to do but cope?
So I began by returning the dining room table to its original purpose rather than my quilting space in preparation for the holidays and associated decorating. In doing so a question crossed my mind: Are finished quilts overrated?

Two of these three are works in progress. Yet they look pretty darned nice hanging on the ladder as they are. When I first began my quilting career, I insisted on fully finishing a quilt before beginning a new project. That didn't last too terribly long. I soon learned that variety is not only the spice of life but the creative juice that keeps quilters going. Now it sometimes feels like a 57 Variety of unfinished projects are swirling all around me.
But it's really not a race to have the most quilts but enjoying the process that results in quilts that is what keeps us coming back for more. So I've put my sewing machine away until the new year. But I'm fully prepared to stitch my way through the holidays.
These diamonds are waiting to be stitched together and added to the quilt top.
This box holds all the strips needed to make the rest of the diamonds.
And these strips (and then some) will need to be basted for putting it all together. While my work is cut out for me, I do feel like I'm starting to see the light at the end of this tunnel and I can just begin to envision this quilt on my bed rather than on that ladder.

25 comments:

WoolenSails said...

My husband made me a ladder that was too big for the space, so I put that one in my sewing room. It is a wonderful place to hang my large unfinished projects.

I need to get out the decorations too. Plain on making small things for now and after the holidays, tackling the UFO's.

Debbie

paulette said...

Love your project!! There is nothing like plaid homespuns...well maybe hexagons made out of homespun!! :o)
Enjoy!
Paulette

Quilt Hollow said...

Yummy homespuns and gorgeous quilts on the ladder....love it. I have a ladder hanging sideways on my living room wall with quilts draped down...feels so like home!

Shakerwood said...

I was wondering the other day about the hexagon quilt. Glad you are still working on it. I think I am most anxious to see this one finished (or at least the top) than any of your others.

You don't have a quilting room in this house, either?

PS I need my Daisy fix soon! Reagan and Nelson were wondering how she is (I think they are in love!)

AnnieO said...

We all know that the 57 variety of UFOs is why there are so many unquilted tops all over the world, LOL! Yours look terrific draped over your ladder. I feel terrible that you have to put away your machine for weeks. I thought you had a sewing room!

julieQ said...

I think you are so right...I just love the process...the finish is wonderful...and incidental.I really loved that glimpse of your work on the ladder...just gorgeous! Plaids rock in your hexies!

julieQ said...

I think you are so right...I just love the process...the finish is wonderful...and incidental.I really loved that glimpse of your work on the ladder...just gorgeous! Plaids rock in your hexies!

Sharon said...

Your work is so lovely to see. I'm glad you are still working on your hexi's. Finihsed isn't overrated. I just wrote to someone about the unquilted tops that came my way when I started quilting. Their maker had passed away and the kids wanted them finished. To see the joy on their face when I handed them back a quilt, well, it's magical!

Loris said...

Yep. those quilts look gorgeous on that ladder, finished or not. Your hexagon quilt is really going to be beautiful! Enjoy all that hand stitching. That sounds like a wonderful way to enjoy the holidays!

Chelle (Dana) said...

Libby, I have so many tops waiting to be quilted too. You have inspired me to pull them out and put them on my ladder unfinished! I've had the same quilts on that ladder and I'd love to change it out, but didn't have any others to put on it. Well, now I'm gonna put my tops out on it.

I love watching your hexagon quilt grow. I would love to use my homespuns for one. I love the gold path with the plaids, it's just perfect. Is your gold a homespun/brushed cotton? Or something like Kona cotton? I may have to cut some strips of homespuns and start one.

Cornbread and Beans Quilting said...

Do you think that one will be your favorite quilt that you have made? I have been in love with it since you first started sharing it with us.

Patty Nordahl said...

Love the ladder great idea for holding the ufo's. Is there a published pattern for your hexie diamond's or just your wonderful creativity? BTW I havent't given up on joining a sew day @ The Quilted Crow - life will quiet down after the holidays.

sewprimitive karen said...

Libby, my guess is that you have a room devoted to quilting but prefer to be in the middle of things in the dining room. Your hexagon project does look wonderful as In-Process but I am also looking forward to seeing it complete. It will be such a honey.

annieb said...

I love that you are displaying unfinished quilts!

Melanie said...

I love the quilts!!! I've got this thing for the churndash block lately... after my sewing for my mom, I think I'm going to begin a project.

Quilter Kathy said...

I NEED a quilt ladder! Those tops look amazing hanging there.

Lori said...

The quilts do look fantastic on the ladder. I love your hexagon quilt!! I've never seen it done in homespuns and it is my favorite!! I've also set aside a couple of projects and want to ring in the season peacefully.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Baby, I want me that ladder! And the quilts on it!

Wendy said...

I think you are right, it's all about the process more than the end result. Love love the hexi's.

paula, the quilter said...

I am working on creating a hand-piecing kit for myself using a FQ stack that you might find familiar. I just love the look of the ladder with quilts. My problem is that I have cathedral ceilings and something that stops halfway up the wall looks a bit strange.

MARCIE said...

your ladder of quilts looks yummy! Is that the wool geese you just started? Wow-you are quick! Glad your Vermont trip was so much fun!

Rose Marie said...

I have started hanging up my completed tops .... and enjoying them. They will get quilted one day, but until then I will enjoy them as is.

Love your ladder of tops and your hexagon project is lovely. I have watched it grow and grow and am looking forward to seeing it as a top or quilted up and on your bed.

Dixie said...

love your quilts on the ladder - they are just striking together! Your hexagons are just wonderful - love them!

p.s. The rusty bell project worked out great!

McIrish Annie said...

i LOVE YOUR IDEA OF PUTTING THE TOPPERS ON THE LADDER. WHO CARES IF THEY AREN'T QUILTED!! THE LADDER DOESN'T GET COLD..

Jenni said...

Finished definitely equals overrated! Well said Libby. Daisy looks to be enjoying the excitement of Christmas.