I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about myself and quilting and how I would define myself and what I like to do.
I have been quilting for a few years now...probably about 5. I've found that I gravitate to brighter fabrics...give me a turquoise, a rich brown, bright pink and I'm a happy girl. I love prints that make me smile, I adore the different looks batiks bring to a piece. I don't consider myself a modern quilter...nor though do I consider myself a traditional quilter. I don't know if what I like to do has a name...it's sort of like a stew, a little bit of this that you like, a little bit of that that you like, throw in a little spice and serve with a really good bread.
I've been watching a certain book for the last couple of years. It wasn't really "me", however, the part of me that loves historical significance and community has been drawn to it. I've followed blogs where quilters have been working on this quilt and have always been impressed as to how their personality comes out in the fabrics they have chosen. They've used romantic fabrics, they've used modern fabrics, they've used civil war and reproduction fabrics.
The book is The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt by Laurie Aaron Hird.
I've looked at the book many times online and always hesitated before hitting the "purchase" button. Why? The questions always come up, is it really me? What fabrics would I use? Am I up to the time committment?
While in Anchorage, Lisa and I stopped at Barnes and Noble. Wow. Seriously wow! A bookstore the size of our local Walmart????? I was in heaven. When I spotted it, I managed to work my way across 4 lanes of one way traffic to get to it (thank heavens for tourist plates!!!). In the rain!!!!
I picked up some books just because and then I found the craft section. Wow...knitting books, stitching books and yes, quilting books. When I saw the one lone copy of The Farmer's Wife on the shelf I knew I was a goner. It was meant to be and I didn't even think about it. Off to the cashier!
I'm really trying not to rush through the book, I'm trying to savour each letter a bit at a time. I'm the type of reader that will stay up to 3 a.m. with a book because I don't want to miss anything when I'm sleeping.
So now that I have the book, the big questions still are there. Do I have the time to commit to this quilt? Of course not! LOL. But I have a plan, if I work on a couple of blocks a month, I can manage. This isn't a quilt that I can finish in a year and I'm not interested in it. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I'm looking for projects that I can work 15 minutes at a time on. Having a 5 year project doesn't scare me at all.
Next question...what fabrics do I use??? This is the stumbling block for me. I have to pick the right thing to start with or I may throw in the towel after the 4th block.
Do I go for a uniform look? which means picking up a fat quarter bundle to work with. Hmmm...I do have a 30 FQ pack of Berenstein Bears fabrics that I've been saving (they were my favourite when I was a kid). Oh, would 30 FQ with a few random blender fabrics be enough??????
Or do I go eclectic and use my scraps. I do have a lot of scraps. In fact, on January 1st of this year I started a bag of my 2013 only scraps.
I could realistically use left over fabric from the year 2013 (and beyond).
Has anyone done a batik only quilt? Hmmm....I think I need to go searching and see.
Is anyone one else out there wanting to tackle this quilt? I was told it would be better if I had a buddy to keep each other going. Let me know! No hurry, I have to finish something up (or a couple or three things) before I start.
Enjoy the day, it's rainy and about 6 Celcius this morning. I have the week off with the girls before school starts next week so lets see how productive I can be.