I didn't have either the time or desire to start on a new project since I was asked to design a line of fabric for Blank Quilting about six short weeks ago.
The package containing the proofs that I was waiting for arrived on Thursday. I was totally blown away with how well they understood and interpreted my vision with respect to the final appearance of the fabric.
Now that they've been given my stamp of approval with respect to the artwork and color...with only a few minor changes...I decided it was time to take the plunge and dive into a new project. So on Friday, I started cutting out the pieces for Leanne Beasley's "Journey of a Quilter" using fabrics from the 'Provencial' line by Iron Orchid for Clothworks.
NOTE: I've had several requests as to where both the 'Journey of a Quilter' and 'Down in the Garden' patterns can be purchased. If you didn't get a direct response from me, it's because you're showing up as a "no-reply" blogger. The designer is Leanne Beasley from Australia. If you Google her name, on her website in the left column is a list of shops from around the world that carry her patterns. Failing that, my only other suggestion is to email Leanne directly. I got my 'Down in the Garden' patterns from a friend in Australia who purchased the patterns for me from one of the local shops and sent them to me. I was lucky enough to have a nearby friend lend me her copies of 'Journey of a Quilter'.
When I purchased this fabric, I really liked it...
And still do!
But it is so NOT me!
As I was ironing, touching and admiring the half yard cuts, I found that I was not getting as excited as I usually do when starting into something new. But I persisted, all the while telling myself that they'll grow on me and to relax and enjoy the little journey out of my comfort zone.
I cut out and prepped the pieces for three of the nine blocks yet that "buzz" just wasn't happening. So last night I decided to abandon ship...not with making the quilt...but with my choice of fabrics.
I feel that we devote too much time and effort into making our quilts, so why continue with something that I wouldn't be totally happy with in the end? We all have our comfort zones and I'm a firm believer that if you're happy and comfortable with something...whether it be color, style, design or whatever...then why try changing things just for the sake of change?
So it's back to square one. I'm not saying that I'll never use these fabrics for something else but for this particular quilt, it's time to pull those "me" fabrics from my stash and to start over.
Will I ever learn?