Have you ever had a big eye-opening, mind-clarifying moment that really caused you to think and reach a big decision?
I had one in the past week… It wasn’t earth-shattering, but it confirmed something for me. I like hand sewing. And in as much as I love beautiful machine quilting like Diane Gaudynski’s
it just isn’t me. I have a Pfaff Hobby Grand Quilter and a big frame for machine quilting. But I don’t have a dozen hours to quilt every day, and machine quilting for me tends to be choppy, not smooth, and I don’t like the end results.
I don’t mind piecing, but I prefer applique. The thing is, I’m using an old Bernina Nova that I’ve had since 1977, and it has tension issues, among other things. I love regular sewing on my Pfaff, but it’s on the frame and a real pain to take off and put back on. I adore hand quilting – I find it so relaxing, yet it takes longer. But that’s alright.
I am hereby declaring that I am going to slow down in my quilt making process. I have some quilts I want to make…
I have some things I want to finish up, but I have a few quilts I want to make slowly, enjoying the whole process from start to finish. Like a fine wine, I want to sip my way through, not gulp. I’m toying with parting with my big “Next Generation” quilt frame, but I’m going to think about it for awhile. I haven’t used it as much as I thought I would. I’d like to put my big wooden frame upstairs to sew on, but have to see if it will fit in the front bedroom (the only place I can put it).
When I finish making my grandson’s quilt and our guild’s challenge quilt, I’m packing up my Bernina for awhile. My mom has been gone for over 4 years now, and her old Singer featherweight has been sitting in my sewing area very patiently. I think I’m ready to open the box and pull it out. Mom used to make most of my clothes when I was young, and my granddaughter Samantha wants me to make her a jumper so she can look like Pippi Longstocking. I think I need to do that on Mom’s Singer.
I’ll still be blogging on a regular basis, but don’t expect to see continuous amounts of new quilt accomplishments. Remember, I’m going to slow down and enjoy myself. There are roses along the way to sniff.