Good Morning, Quilters!
When YOU don’t know where to start–Just start!
Many years ago, when my six children were still in grade school, I remember complaining to my Mom about how busy I was. I had so much laundry to do– I didn’t know where to begin. She calmly replied, when you don’t know where to begin, just begin.
That phrase swirls in my head almost every day. Sometimes I’m overwhelmed by laundry, other days, the problem is paperwork.
So what do I do? I just begin. Pretty soon the mounds of clothes are sorted, the smell of sudsy water fills the room and I feel calmer. In short order, the path is clearer and the time line seems manageable.
My Mom’s phrase and technique can also help quilters!
The Quilting Roadmap-Small Steps
One of the most frequent refrains I hear from quilters is they just don’t know where to begin machine quilting. They’ve completed 68 steps worth of cutting, sub-cutting, stitching and combining. But the last instruction is “quilt as desired”?
Really???? One step?
This one step has no meaning to most quilters.
In truth, it should be about fifteen small steps.
Step One-Photograph Your Quilt
Hang your quilt and take pictures of it. Hanging a quilt vertically gives you a full perspective and is the best way to start the design process. If possible, get a photo of the entire quilt in one frame.
Next, take photos of the borders, sashings, and every block type. Each area of the quilt will require it’s own design plan.
If possible, keep the quilt hanging in your house where you can see it every day. If that is not practical, look at the photos every day.
Looking at the quilt regularly helps your sub-conscious do some of the design work.
(And it helps you conscience — you haven’t forgotten about it–while two-timing it with another project-LOL)
Small Steps-YOUR Assignment
For the next few weeks, I will share more of my roadmap for machine quilting. Many of the ideas are from my Bluprint class, Creating a Quilting Plan, Approaches for Any Quilt
Please choose one quilt to machine quilt. If you are a beginner at machine quilting, choose a quilt that’s not too big–a wall hanging or baby quilt.
Hang your quilt and take photos.
Start thinking about who the quilt is for and how it will be used.
What about YOU?
Do YOU ever feel overwhelmed by tasks?
Do YOU have a quilt YOU’ve been afraid to quilt?
Have YOU ever been stymied by the phrase “quilt as desired”?
Do YOU quilt be check book?
We’d LOVE to hear!
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