Thursday, February 26, 2009

Determined AND terrific.

Everyone seems to be doing something really cool these days. Like, designing quilt patterns or writing books or admiring things made from their own fabric designs.

I’d love to be doing any one of those things yet I can't because I feel bogged down by the weight of my unfinished projects. Projects I’m so unenthusiastic about that I don’t even want to share them here.

I’ve always been the sort of person who gets more creative while avoiding a boring project. I feel so creative that I just have to start a new project, leaving the old one to lurk in the corner, staring maliciously at me, making me feel guilty. But then those new projects go unfinished and then they’re the ones I avoid while starting new projects. A vicious cycle.

While I enjoy the random bursts of creativity, I know I’d be happier if I were the sort of person who didn’t procrastinate. For the past few months, I’ve been trying to be the sort of person who finishes up those boring projects so they’re out of her life. I’ve been trying to be the person who, when possible, takes those boring half-finished projects and turns them into something she’s excited about.

My unofficial goal for the year is to finish a quilt a month. So far, I’ve finished two (one I haven’t shown here because I haven’t given it to its recipient yet). These were new quilts…start to finish in one month each but there are also a lot of previously started quilts on the to-do list for the year.

I’m never going to be the sort of person who can resist trying out a new idea when inspiration strikes (remember the bento box I was so whipped up about?) And that’s ok because I’m also going to be the sort of person who works hard to finish up old projects, even if they aren’t as exciting as new ones.

I’m going to be more like Dwight:

Be like Dwight!

First on my list is a quilt I started way back in October of 2006. It was my first (and only) block-of-the-month project. I wasn't very good at keeping up with the group but I think it's because I lost interest in piecing traditional blocks about halfway through the year.

August Block

I think I can actually finish this quilt this weekend but I don’t want to jinx myself. I got a good start last night during LOST and I can only imagine what I can accomplish when I'm not only sewing during commercials. Instead, I'll pop in a movie I've seen a dozen times and get to work. Good times!

6 comments:

  1. Dude, that quilt block freaks me out. It's got some kind of optical illusion power working for it, making me totally dizzy and rendering me powerless. You could devise some evil plan to take all my money (all $3!), because I'm completely under its spell.

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  2. Oh my gosh...I know! :) It's my favorite of all the blocks I made for the quilt but it sure is crazy! You should keep your $3, though. I'd probably just waste it on candy.

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  3. We are so on the same page! My goal was to finish one project a month. I achieved success in January - things are not looking so good for Feb. Oh noze! AND I keep getting distracted by crochet projects. You, Missy are squarely to blame for that obsession with your too cute pot holders / dish-clothes that you sent me. I wound up liking them so much I needed more and then had to teach myself how to crochet. Bah!

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  4. This quilt block is so exciting! Would you share the pattern name, how to or a tutorial etc...? Love your site, came across it while looking for bento box quilts.
    P.S. I just purchased Twilight :)
    Thanks, Brenda (no blog)

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  5. Hi Brenda! Thanks for stopping in to check out my blog. Here are two tutorials for the Friendship Scrap Block:

    http://www.quilterscache.com/F/FriendshipScrapBlock.html

    http://leapin-jot.livejournal.com/169934.html

    I used the second tutorial to do mine and it was very easy. :)

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