Wednesday, February 1, 2012

When your JOB is what you LOVE to do ...

... it's hard to take a break.

I love quilting, quilting is my job. So I often find it hard to take time out and not think about a project that needs more work or a design for a new quilt. Wonderful color combos? I see them everywhere? New ideas are endless. Controlling the urge to start a new project - almost pointless. And don't even get me started with Pinterest ... just what an over active mind needs (not!) ... a place to see what everyone else things is wonderful.

Add to this wonderful mix the fact that I am pregnant ... don't get me wrong - I am completely over the moon. Today I am celebrating the beginning of week 19! After years of disappointments I am still waiting for someone to pinch me and tell me it's all a dream.

So this pregnant thing is adding a dimension to my quilting that I hadn't expected ... more excuses! Why I need to do this or shouldn't do that or can't (won't) have do another and even worse I don't have time. Being tired and having to alter clothes are one of those excuses.

Which explains the need to "relax" ... just take it easy ... when a couple of weeks ago I needed to reward myself for finishing two quarters of tax filings for our two businesses. Nevermind that the house needed cleaning and there was plenty of "work" to do ... it was the weekend. And I was too tired to knit - my new "hobby."

I needed instant gratification. NO math, limited color choices and basic skills required. I had been fighting the urge to start yet another project ... but I caved. And I'm glad I did. This is MY project. I don't have to think, I don't have to plan I can just grab the pattern and go ... well almost.

Enter the "Just Takes 2" block of the month quilt along hosted by Gay Bomers and Brenda Papadakis.

You can read more about it here, but the premise is two make a two color quilt using traditional patterns as seen in the Infinite Variety exhibition shown last summer at the American Folk Art Museum in New York. If you missed it (like I did) there is a very interesting (and free) iPad app ... I am still oogling these quilts!

But I have other plans for a red and white quilt so went down a different route when I began considering doing this BOM. Tangerine and Snow! Wow, huh? It's a real zinger. Then I remembered an amazing stripe I have from years ago - nearly an entire bolt. I had always pictured it in a young boys room but hadn't found THE quilt. So there you go ... I'll plug away at a quilt hoping that one day it will go in a little boys room with curtains of the same stripe.

The Planning of Just Takes 2

But true to style I am making changes again ... reversing the values, leaving out blocks I don't like, substituting blocks I think make more sense because I'm not going to do the optional "redwork" embroidery, etc. These are the blocks I've made so far ...

Just Takes 2 - 9 blocks so far!

1. JT2-A, 2. JT2-3, 3. JT2-4, 4. JT2-5, 5. JT2-2, 6. JT2-8, 7. JT2-7, 8. JT2-9, 9. JT2-11

And the next installment was just released. Luckily although slightly disappointing it's only two blocks. But I'm off to print and plan until hubby comes home. 

Unfortunately stitching will have to wait as we have a *house job* tonight. 

Our very mild winter finally succumbed to those Siberian winds and our temps plummeted ... 
to -7C / 19F last night ... leaving our bath tub and sink drain frozen solid. 
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  1. This looks great!! The fabric looks kind of like vinyl tablecloth fabric. Is it cotton?

    1. Ooops, I guess I should have explained that ... it's a polished cotton. I am sure it will eventually wash away and the wrong side isn't shiny at all. They aren't so common these days but I bought the rest of this bolt way back when Calico Baskets closed.

  2. Love your color choices! I am doing this one too though I am going with a red and white I am also picking and choosing which blocks to do. May make it interesting when we go to set it, eh?

    1. I am making sure to replace blocks with alternatives of the same size to make life easier down the road ... are you as bummed as I am that we only got 2 blocks today ? I am dying to work on this! But maybe my Jane will get some attention ;)

  3. Wat een leuk project ! En bedankt om de app te delen van de tentoonstelling, alweer enkele uurtjes in de weer om alles eens goed te bekijken.

  4. Hi, stopping by from Lily's quilts. Nice project you have going there. Congrats on getting to week 19. Fingers crossed the rest of the way!

  5. oh...yummy Jovita!! Love those blocks!

  6. Love your blocks and that stripe would be wonderful for a little boy!

  7. I've been hearing how winter over there turned horrible all of a sudden! That orange is definitely bright and cheerful in the middle of the cold!


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