Thursday, September 6, 2012

Starting something new!

The other day I was sitting in our new mint green chair in the entryway, staring at my fabric cupboard, and I decided that I really need to use up some of my fabric. I have all the fabric needed for several quilts that I planned over the years, and for one reason or another never started. I think there are two  big reasons for this: Firstly, that there's not enough time in the day to take care of my kids, house, and husband, and make all the quilts I want. This is OK with me. I know the day will come way too soon when our house is empty and lonely, and I'll have all the time I could possibly want, but will be missing my little ones. The second is that I feel really bad (for some reason) about all the quilts I started in the past but have yet to finish. I decided the other day while contemplating all this that I would rather have a finished top, or a basted quilt that I set aside for months or years, than just a cupboard full of fabric and wishing I had made something. So, I have decided to start slowly finishing up old quilts in the order they were started, and allowing myself to use up fabric, make those things I want to make, and loosen up on my "rules." I mean, quilting is what I do for fun, so why am I forcing myself to work on things I'm not inspired to work on? The other night after all these decisions I drew up a plan for some fabric that I bought at JoAnn a good 4 or 5 years ago, added in a few other prints from my stash, and came up with this:

I was surprised that I really couldn't find any tutorials on a diagonal rectangle quilt. Then I started trying to do the math, and realized why not too many people seem to be doing them. Eventually Scott took over, because I think it was getting frustrating for him to have me keep asking questions from the other room! That might have been what I was hoping for anyway though!

I have no plan for now as to what to do with this quilt, but I assume the perfect recipient will be easily found whenever it's done. I have a few other things I need to work on, and doing life is still a bit slow going for me, but I'm hoping to start this next week or so!

I'm linking up to my friend Diane's blog for her from blank pages linky party! There are some great projects starting up over there!


  1. That is going to be a beautiful quilt! :) I think that's a good idea to use up your fabric and maybe have unfinished projects, rather than just have fabric. :) I may or may not adopt that way of thinking and it may our may not get me in trouble. ;) I guess I already do that a little when buying fabric, I make sure to think of a project to use it for before buying it, but that means my project list is way too long and I have way too much fabric. Lol. Anyway, I can't wait to see how your quilt turns out! Thanks for linking up! And I'm so glad that we are friends! :)

  2. Such pretty colors. I've always loved blue and brown together. And a diagonal quilt would be so stunning. Can't wait to see it develop.

  3. I love the colors! I am sure the quilt will turn out great!

  4. Oooh, I love the fabrics!

    Yes, I have already decided that I need to step back from concentrating so hard on UFOs, although it is still my goal to get down to just a few ongoing projects.

    I spent Labor Day weekend cleaning and organizing in my house, including washing, ironing, & putting away so much recently purchased fabric that my stash took up 50% more space after it was all put away! Needless to say, I feel like I need to use some fabric now, as well. Adrianne linked up the spinning stars QAL on Facebook and I decided to join in!

    So, here's to both of us saying "boo" to our rules. :)

  5. yay for keeping quilting fun for yourself!! The fabric stack looks like you are going to turn it into a precious quilt!! Have a great day!