Don’t let projects, resolutions get you down
The end of 2009 comes too quickly. I see 2010 speeding this way and about to overtake me.
I’m sizing up my list of quilt projects that I had hoped to complete before this decade ends. As usual, a few of those are going to have to carry over into the new year.
I tend to focus my anxiety upon works in progress rather than give myself credit for the many self-assigned tasks I did complete throughout the prior 12 months.
If you see yourself in this scenario, take a few moments right now to tally the cloth items you finished this year. Allow yourself to feel satisfied with those accomplishments.
Continue to keep those positive thoughts as you move unfinished items onto a new list of projects to make in the months ahead.
Don’t fret. Get excited about them. Put the ones you feel strongly about at the top of your list.
Let’s see. I have a circle quilt challenge due by the end of January, and another guild challenge with a river theme that needs to be done by spring.
Aside from those deadlines, I can set my own course. One of my resolutions is to finish four or five bed-size quilts that are in different stages of assemblage.
I also plan to tackle a few fusible art quilt pieces that are partly finished or still in their early stages. I really want to try contemporary quilt artist Laura Wasilowski’s edge-finishing technique with fast2fuse stiff interfacing.
Her method allows curvy edges with no binding and no rod pocket. That sounds sweet to me.
In preparation for all the cutting, patchwork and stitching I’m anticipating in 2010, I’m streamlining my quilt studio.
I’ve gotten rid of my big ironing board with the awkward metal legs that sprawl across my prized floor space. My husband installed an over-the-door board that folds up easily and really opens my cramped studio. The extra elbow room is more than welcome.
Now, I’ll pick up a few more stacked plastic drawers — those inexpensive sets on rollers that you can find at discount stores — and line another wall with them. Never enough places to stash that fabric.
I’m looking forward to some quality time with my sewing machine in the weeks ahead, but that doesn’t mean I’m hibernating for the rest of the winter.
A friend and I have scheduled a train trip over the mountains to Denver in February to the Rocky Mountain Sew Expo.
We decided travel by rail would be the surest way to arrive at our destination — albeit an eight-hour excursion — no matter what conditions are prevailing at the time on Vail Pass and the Eisenhower Tunnel.
Besides, we’ll enjoy the scenery from the observation car and amuse ourselves with any number of portable hand-sewing projects.
The Rocky Mountain Sew Expo runs Feb. 4-6 at the Denver Merchandise Mart. The event includes workshops, fashion shows, demonstrations, make-it and take-it projects and scores of vendors.
What grabbed my attention, though, is the expo’s stage presentation by Mark Lipinski, creator and former executive editor of Quilter’s Home magazine.
He’s been dubbed “the bad boy of quilting” and promises a no-holds-barred PG-13 talk that combines quilting and stand-up comedy, according to the brochure.
His Friday evening performance is titled “Mark Lipinski — Uncensored … and Ready to Kick Some Quilts!” He should be a real scream.
I’ve interviewed him a couple of times and read his magazine; he has personality plus, and I’m putting that mildly.
Unfortunately, Lipinski is no longer associated with Quilter’s Home magazine or the online show “Quilt Out Loud.” Seems there was a falling-out of sorts with the new company that purchased his publication, along with several other magazines. The details have not been released to his fans.
As a result, Lipinski has taken his “show” on the road with this stand-up act and classes he teaches.
He’s offering “Throw Me a Curve — Mystery Quilt” and “Simple Simon.” My friend and I enrolled in the latter.
“If you only make one quilt in your lifetime, this super-fast and easy quilt is the one to make,” he says on the supply list. The 78-inch by 99-inch quilt requires 48 blocks — each 11 inches square — plus a border.
The Simple Simon blocks are supposedly quick to piece, and workshop participants will learn how to create up to 70 different designs from two simple block patterns.
It’s a class that will challenge your creative spirit and teach you to turn any humdrum run-of-the-mill pattern into something unique, promises Lipinski.
He also says the pattern works especially well with bold, large-sized prints — the busier the better. I can hardly wait to shop for the fabrics.
So, I look forward to a new year with high hopes and good intentions. Time will tell if I accomplish all of my quilting goals. If not, there’s always 2011.