Wednesday, April 30, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Time out

My name is Jess, and I put quilts in time out. How does this even happen? Well, I get into these "sprints" that have five stages:

1. I get *SUPER INSPIRED*, all of a sudden, to work on a project, and it's all I can think about.

2. This goes on for a couple of days. Maybe even a whole week. Once, it was an entire month of bliss.

3. At some point, something gets repetitive (or in some cases, I catch I-just-want-to-finish-itis, which is NOT ideal for a hobby that's supposed to be relaxing!).

4. The fallout begins, and the quilt and I have a little break-up (okay, that never really happened with Pumpkin Spice Latte, but that was a unique circumstance).

5. I nurse my wounds and eventually find a reason to return to the project.

The medallion is still evolving, and it is now sitting folded up somewhere in the time out corner, and I am over here. I love love love it, but we needed a break. After sewing all the pluses (there were *only* 20 but picking out the fabrics took at least 2 hours), getting IG and Liz feedback about a middle border, and piecing said border, I couldn't look at it anymore. That's okay though -  I'm sure I'll be back at it soon enough. I think I'll be piecing a thin black border (white specked) around the pluses (I feel like it needs one more little pop of black) before the last border (or... will it be the last? I just don't know yet, and that's the most fun part!).

That border of jewel tones was way too exciting (but just exciting enough for a lazy Sunday afternoon). There are Lizzy House cats, jewels, navy and purple Domino Dots, Bike Path, my favorite tone-on-tone Pearl Bracelets, and dandelions. Sigh. I originally thought of a black border, or a solid purple or navy border, but this is WAY better! When in doubt, go with color - a message to future Jess.


  1. well, its beautiful and worth finishing (when its done with it's time in the corner)

  2. I have never put a quilt in time out. . . but have wanted to on a few occasions :) this quilt is going to be all kinds of awesome!!

  3. Well, it is certainly coming along! I SO relate to the five steps. I'm in such a sewing funk. I need something fun to work on, but instead I just keep trying to talk myself into powering through...

  4. I give my quilts time outs too! sometimes you just need some alone time, some space, right?? Lol Beautiful quilt!

  5. Of course quilts need time outs! Especially when they're being obnoxious or bratty. :D Someday (hopefully sooner than a few years) you'll need to work on something bright, happy, and cheerful, then you'll be back to this. :D

  6. I do the same thing! I have several in that time out corner right now. Some have been there for (a few) years! Your quilts are always such happy ones! I enjoy seeing what you have done.

  7. it's really beautiful, but it is good to know your limit when a project gets tiresome. When I get tired of a quilt, that's when I end up making mistakes on it.

    Thank you so much for partying at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  8. Le sigh. SO pretty Jess, a riot of colour in the best possible way!

  9. when you're creating your own design it's probably important that you do this to let ideas fester :) Also, I just now noticed that the middle looks like a hashtag :) :) :)

  10. So I saw the pic, Jess, and thought, "That needs a thin bit of black in that outer border," then read you saying you think it needs a little more black : P So yes! I agree lol. And now I need to go get one of my projects out of time out (which usually happens in the just-need-to-bind-it stage for me because I am so over the project by then) and get to work!


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