So many quilts ...

So many quilts, so little time...  My head is full of images, flashing at me like there's a strobe light in my brain. Flash! Bright green. Flash! Yellow. Blue. So pretty. Flash! Shapes in amazing patterns. I want to capture them all!

I have been known to rush to my design wall when an image is especially compelling. Quickly, I move whatever is already on my wall to make room for the new inspiration.

A peek at one small area of a large art quilt during the quilting process. This monster will take weeks to quilt and several months to finish, as I will work on new quilts in between the task of hand stitching the binding, the sleeve for hanging, and the label. Whew!

A peek at one small area of a large art quilt during the quilting process. This monster will take weeks to quilt and several months to finish, as I will work on new quilts in between the task of hand stitching the binding, the sleeve for hanging, and the label. Whew!

And that's part of the problem. I have something like 15 quilts in my studio in different phases of construction. I am most excited at the beginning of a new quilt, when the possibilities seem endless. Piecing is fun, absorbing, but sometimes frustrating, like a jigsaw puzzle without a plan. Then comes quilting, when I fall into the flow of long beautiful stitches.

 

When the quilting is finished and it's time to do the binding, or facing as the case may be, I drag my feet. I have to admit that the closer a project gets to completion, the harder it is for me.

The final tasks of hand sewing the binding, the sleeve, and the label usually wait until a deadline is hanging over my head. Those are the late nights you will find me stitching and whining, stitching and whining. But that's a story for another day.