Tuesday, June 7, 2011

15 minute challenge, June 7

So here's my answer Kate's question from last week about why I participate in the 15 minute challenge:

I do the challenge because when I don't push myself to sew, I just sit and watch TV or play stupid computer games and then I get mad at myself for not accomplishing anything.

What I really love about quilting is the finished product -- that's why I do it.  that's not completely true, I actually love the entire process.  I love each block as it comes together.  I love seeing the quilt pattern come together. I love the way the quilting looks .. particularly when I do lots of it.  I enjoy sewing the binding on; particularly the hand sewing on the back.

I do, however, need to work on my technique  I need to be more precise in both my cutting and sewing.  I need to push myself to do the more complicated and time consuming blocks/patterns.

I also need to work on colors .. I have trouble picking them out and getting the right hues and tones.  If I had my way, I'd probably make all my quilts blue and white, or red and white, or black and white, or green and white, or pink and white .. you get the picture..

Here's what I did this past week:

Tuesday - continue quilting prom quilt*
Wednesday - continue quilting prom quilt
Thursday - continue quilting prom quilt
Friday - continue quilting prom quilt
Saturday - continue quilting prom quilt
Sunday - finish quilting prom quilt; finish binding
Monday - take pictures of prom quilt; go through all fabric and organize

To see what everyone else has been up to,  check out Life In Pieces.

This week I have no plans.  I need to figure out what project to do next.  So I'll look through magazines and blogs.  Maybe I'll try making some different blocks to see what they look like.  I don't anticipate this being a particularly crafty week.

*No pictures of the prom quilt here .. you'll need to check yesterday's post.

6 comments:

Marti said...

Congratulations on a finished quilt. I really like the blue stitching on it. I agree with so many of your reasons for doing the 15 minutes, especially the wasting time part. When I'm not in quilt mode, pushing myself to do just 15 minutes will usually motivate me to do a little more or move on to another task that needs to be done. I don't remember seeing the question so maybe I'd better go back & look.

Sara said...

I really just have to push myself to get started, and then momentum will keep me going for a few hours. I don't usually start sewing till 11.30 at night, so if I spend too long on the internet after I get home from work (I finish at 10.30) I can feel like I've missed my chance to really get anything done and I'll bow out.

My earlier quilts were an absolute sea of colours, but now I'm much more likely to pair a couple of fabrics with a white. Don't beat yourself up about that - the only downside is that they get dirty. As design choices go, it's probably more tried and tested than just about any other.

I took a couple of weeks off and I feel better for it. You probably will too.

Logopaedchen/Kirsten said...

Oh I should have read last weeks post - I didn´r realize Kate had asked a question. Well I´ll answer netx week...or I´ll just copy your post....so true.
By the way...I looooooooooooove your prom quilt!!

501 Quilt Blocks said...

I use the 15 Minute Challenge to get myself off my butt and into the 'sewing' mode. I do have Netflix on while I work so the time flies by. Once I get started, I have a difficult time stopping. Congratulations on your progress this week.

Kate said...

Congratulations on the Prom Quilt finish, it's a gorgeous quilt.

It is so easy to get side tracked and not do what we love to do. Which I still don't understand. If we love it, why do we so often end up doing other stuff, then feel bad because we didn't make it to the sewing machine?

Working out what your next project can count as crafty time. Finding the next project usually isn't hard, it's deciding on the fabrics that is the hardest thing for me. I can spend hours on that part of the process. Looking forward to seeing what you start on next.

Shay said...

Yay for the Prom quilt finish!

Not everything has to be a riot of colour if you arent feeling the love. If you like quilts with two or three colours thats what you should make. If you want to experiment with colour and patterns buy a collection to start - that way you'll know it'll all go together. I like your quilts - they always feel nice.

I think quilting is a process- as we get more confident we take more risks. That's what this year has been about for me and Im mostly enjoying it!