How I got my quilting groove back

MKs projects 002 1024x768 How I got my quilting groove backMy quilting groove went on hiatus sometime back in February and was nowhere to be found until a few weeks ago. The first trimester will do that to a person, make everything but sleeping and drinking Jamaican-style ginger ale seem completely unappealing.

But a few weeks back I realized I was finally in my second trimester and I actually wanted to, y'know, DO something with my limited free time other than nap. So I returned to a small wall hangingI started laying out just before I realized I was pregnant, something that was supposed to be a quick and easy project before returning to work on the mystery quilt (yeeaaahh…).

The idea was to make a wall hanging using a printed bandana featuring wildflowers of the Colorado foothills that I bought a few years ago at the Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery on Pearl Street. The bandana is divided into quadrants, each of which features a different color family: white/green, blue/purple, yellow/orange and pink/red. So I had pulled fabrics and scraps from my stash to make a color wheel border… and that's as far as I got. Until that Sunday afternoon a few weeks ago when I thought, “I think I'll go cut some fabric!”

MKs projects 003 1024x768 How I got my quilting groove backAnd it was fun! I'd almost forgotten the satisfaction that comes from just handling and organizing fabric. If you look closely you may spot some Paris Flea Market or Soul Blossoms patches. That pink & green floral in the lower right of the photo above came from a shirt I bought when I was 19 and wore almost literally to pieces; needless to say, it's the softest patch of them all.

Over the Memorial Day weekend I finished piecing and adding the borders, gave it minimal machine quilting, and even finished the binding completely by machine — a first for me. It's not perfect, but that's not unusual when you're learning a new technique. It reminded me of a quote from Ann Johnston that appears on the Design Wall page of our June/July 2011 issue: “I look at each quilt as a step in the process of learning, not as an end in itself.”

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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