|Getting a start on my Red Cross quilt|
There are too many directions for me to go with my quilting, and without focus, I waste time. I'm surrounded by too many plans and too many lists, too many bins and too many bags.
I have a bucket list, a "want to make" list, a UFO list, and a WIP list.
I have a list of kits, lots of quilts marked in books, and dozens of online quilt photos saved in my laptop. Too much input.
I need to focus -- and -- calm -- down.
I've begun two online BOM, and I'll share progress soon. (Think "Legend and Lace" and "Noah and Matilda.") But I also like two or three others. FOCUS! Memo to self --> be realistic. Two is plenty.
Two new scrappy projects have been started too. They've been calling my name for weeks. They're now officially WIP, and they're making me smile. That's the important thing. Smiling. Enjoying. (along with focusing).
My new project pictured above is found in The Blue and the Gray from Country Threads, which I wrote about here last year. When I first got that book, I fell in love with half the quilts. That doesn't happen to me often, but something about this book really appealed to me. I'll be using mainly somber, dark fabrics for the blocks. No pinks, no poison green or chrome yellow. The only reds will be in the little 2-1/4" Red Cross blocks.
NOTE: Very few of this book's projects are large quilts. The majority are small or wall hanging size or lap size. For example, this Red Cross quilt finishes 40" x 48" with the book instructions. I want a bigger quilt, so I'm enlarging the 9-patch blocks to 6", and I'll make 80, rather than the 30 called for. A daughter asked who this one is for, and I proudly said "ME !" It's easier to focus when I know this quilt will be mine when I'm done.