I was looking recently for a project to kind of move me out of a sewing slump and so I decided to drink the kool aid over on IG and participate in a QAL going on there. People are coming in droves to make an epic quilt (as they all are) of Jen Kingwell’s. It is in the special recent issue of Quiltmania and is call My Small World.
But me being me, I couldn’t just make it the way it is pictured in the magazine. As much as I love low volume fabrics, seeing them used for the “sky” just reminded of gloomy overcast days. And we have too many of those for me to spend time making a quilt with one. So I decided to approach it from a different time of day and knew that a NIGHT sky would be perfect for me. I made it just as scrappy as I could (I have a LOT of blue fabrics!) and I am thrilled with how it turned out.
Then I set off on making the first set of buildings…at this point I am *maybe* half way through section 1 of 7 I think of this quilt. And I have already spent a VERY long time on this. If you are familiar with these fabrics then you might be able to tell the scale. If not, I should have put a penny on there. Those little night sky pieces? They finish to 1″ square. Uhm, yeah…. that’s small. And as you can see I was doing enough fussy cutting to add some extra challenge to it all.
So….my plans changed….
I have to let this project go. I’m admitting that this is not the project that I need right now. It kind of kills me because I love it…but it was NOT relaxing me the way I wanted a project to. And it was taking MUCH more time than I planned on giving a side project.
Thankfully I was able to pass it all on to someone who is planning on finishing up what I started and was having a hard time finding the magazine. So my work will hopefully not all be in vain. The quilts people are making are beautiful.(check them out under the #mysmallworldqal) I think I actually have too much fabric right now to make a quilt this small with this many different fabrics. I don’t know if that will make sense to anyone else but me.
It was fun while it lasted…sometimes.. 😉 But I had to be honest with myself and my time and goals. And unfortunately I could not do more than dabble with this one. You might remember that my word for the year is DELIBERATE. I am really trying to hold on to that and not do anything that I am not choosing to do for a good reason. And my pride on saying that this is too much for me is not a good enough reason to keep sewing it. But hey, Elsa has taught us all to “Let it Go”. And I think it’s important to take advice from animated characters. 😉