The Free Motion Quilting Project: Coming off the Christmas Cliff

Friday, December 26, 2014

Coming off the Christmas Cliff

Ahh....Christmas is over! Yes, that was a sigh of relief, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. The holidays are overwhelming and stressful and the big day of Christmas always looms in my head like a massive mountain that blocks my vision in all directions.

No matter how well I plan or how chill I try to be, the lead up to the big day is always a mess of stress. This year we added a vacation to the beach the week before Christmas and that made things even more complicated!
But now it's the 26th and I'm sliding off the Christmas cliff and taking stock of what remains of this year and what I'd like to do with these last few precious days.

Because the holidays are so huge and overwhelming, I never plan anything during this time. I leave the whole last week of the year wide open so when we get here it feels wonderfully open and free. I can work on anything!

I have many quilts calling my name, but the one I'm most excited to get back to is Duchess Reigns. I put her on the wall at the beginning of December and I'm finally ready to finish this quilt. It's not going to finish the way the left side looks - that's too boring to even contemplate. Instead I'm going to let my freak flag fly and quilt whatever I feel like in the right side.

No, she won't be symmetrical or perfect or probably even show worthy, but she will be MORE than all of those things to me. I'm actually excited to get back to this, which is surprizing since I haven't touched this quilt in more than 18 months.

I'm excited because I finally feel ready to let go of the drive for perfection and symmetry and embrace a new idea - that creativity needs to flow spontaneously and freely and I should quilt how I FEEL like quilting that day, with no obsessive worry about what it will look like, or worse, what everyone else will think.

So that is what I'm easing into as I slide off the Christmas cliff and into these quiet, chill weeks before we jump into 2015. I don't expect to finish all the quilting, but I do plan to take out a massive chunk of it in a very creative, unique way!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. We have had a stressful Holiday also. So you are not the only one. Go with the flow for the next few days and reconnect with your craft. I plan to also. Chris

  2. I find asymmetry very liberating - go for it!!

  3. Wow, if that is boring, I'd love to be able to be that boring in my quilting! I cannot wait to see what you do with the right side. :)

  4. I hope you can find some chill time before 2015 arrives. Your Duchess Reigns quilt looks like an award winning quilt in the making. #Quiltlove.


  5. Which can not say boring, I do more than look at both sides and I find beautiful.
    Uffffff much work. I encata;)

    Greetings and encouragement :)

  6. I cannot get over how beautiful Duchess Reigns is. I can't wait to see how you finish her.


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