Alright, get ready.
I've got some good news and of course I have some bad news.
Since I don't like beating around the bush, I'm going to get the bad news out of the way first.
There! I said it! I've admitted publicly that this project is getting to be a bit too much.
It's taken a lot of thinking, arguments, tears, and finally a breaking point when my two year old asked "Why momma so sad?" to get me to actually admit that I'm totally exhausted.
Oftentimes being honest and admitting you've gotten in totally over your head is the hardest thing to do.
Whew! I feel a bit better already.
So I'm sure you're wondering what does this mean for the project?
Well, first off, I'm going to start taking some time off. My family has been encouraging me to take a huge chunk of days off all in a row.
But I know that totally won't work for me. I'll maybe take 3 days off, then I'll be back working my butt off on something else. I'll start a big quilt. I'll volunteer for something. I can't help it, I LIKE to work!
So instead of taking a huge chunk of days off, I'm instead going to start taking one or two days off a week.
Now when I say "off" what does that really mean?
It means that I won't post a new design that day.
I know this just sounds so horrible. No posts! How will all of the free motion quilting addicts survive???
Well, here's where the Good News comes in!
Instead of posting a design, I'm going to post instead about how to ACTUALLY USE these designs in your actual quilts.
There seems to be a lot of confusion about how to use fillers and what you can really do with them.
Readers have been sending me photos of their quilts for awhile now and those I've gotten permission from are going to allow me to take their photo and draw on it with what I think will make a beginner, intermediate, and advanced quilting design for the quilt.
So I'll still be posting daily! I just won't always be adding a new design to the project.
I really think this will be an awesome addition to the project because I truly believe that the reason why so many quilters have closets full of quilt tops rather than completed quilts is because they don't know how to quilt them.
And I don't mean just free motion quilting techniques.
I'm talking about the ability to look at a quilt and see a 3rd dimension of design. Where to add texture, quilting motifs, and fillers to make the quilting a real addition to the quilt itself. The quilting MAKES the quilt.
I see the first half of this free motion project as releasing us from the bond of the Usual Suspects: Stippling, McTavishing, Pebbling, and Paisley.
I'd like the second half of this project to take on an even bigger foe:
Stitching in the Ditch!
When I'm done with this project, I don't ever want to hear a quilter say "I just stitch it in the ditch cause I don't know how to quilt it."
Let's learn how to quilt those tops in an amazing variety of ways! There are literally MILLIONS of ways to quilt a quilt, we just have to learn how to look it in a different way.
So even though I won't be posting new designs daily, there will always be something to look forward to on this blog.
Now Let's Go Quilt!