Friday, February 28, 2014

Goals vs. UFO's

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? For a long time, every year I would make a resolution (silently) to go on a fabric purchasing freeze. I would tell myself (really the devil on my shoulder) to not buy anything until I finished projects that I deserted out of boredom or indifference, plus I already had sooo much. That never worked out for me, usually by March I had caved and the dread recurs every year. Well with age comes some wisdom. First, have you looked up the word resolution? That’s my problem! …“a formal expression of opinion or intention made, usually after voting, by a formal organization. I DID NOT make it formal so it never counted. A couple of months ago I heard a quote somewhere and it is still lounging in my head: “A goal with no plan is only a wish” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Yes! I’ve been wishing every year to do better. I now have a plan and I declare I will be successful. I have freed myself from thinking I myself had to finish all those UFO’s. Nope, I can repurpose it, gift someone, sell it, or scrap it. I am also redesigning my fabric storage system which will motivate me to use what I have. Also, I firmly express I will be disciplined to finish one UFO before I can begin a new project. With Antoine in my head, I will live guilt free in 2014. Oh, I have granted myself to buy patterns or an occasional book in order to use up my gluttonous fabric stash. And, maybe a pretty or two at the Dallas Quilt Show.

One effort to use my stash is I decided to participate in the “Year of Schnibbles Parade”. Have you heard of this or know of the Schnibbles patterns? I came across this in blog-land. Schnibbles patterns are by Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co ( Miss Rosies) and are designed with charm-sized squares in mind. There are two bloggers Sherri and Sinta who each month will choose a Schnibbles pattern for “participants” to make. There’s no prize or anything like that (that I know of) just an adventure to learn new techniques, be involved with other quilters across the land, or just have fun, plus I’ll end up with a wall-hanging-sized quilt or I can enlarge it for bed-sized. With my first one I took liberty to adjust the block size a tad after I sketched out what I envisioned in my head when I first saw the pattern.
Love coloring!

So here is finished top:

Texas sunrise anyone?
Like I said, when I saw the pattern I could just feel the colors of the rainbow rolling over the quilt. The title is a given but also chosen from a quote of one of my favorite movies. Can you guess? “Color Me Happy, there’s a sofa in here for two!” From the same movie is my tag line~ “Take Care of You”.
I had fun coloring and even more fun playing with the multitude of fabrics I used and watching it come to life. Consider joining the Schnibbles Parade with me.
I’m now off to finish up a tee-shirt quilt then a fun & pretty Spring-y floral wall-hanging. Stay tuned, and as always…
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