Acording to the gypsy quilter I am a funny, chocolate-loving quilter. I was a little skeptic. I think I was right to question this outcome because it then told me Adolf Hitler was a giggly and sweet quilter. Maybe he should have quilted more often. And maybe I should too, but not because I want to be a funny chocolate-loving quilter, I want the opposite; serious and chocolate-hating. I suit the mafia face, no?
Yes, it is time to take quilting to the next level; to bring myself out of the fun zone and into the cut-throat world of quilt blocks. I feel I have not explored this territory enough, as it isn’t a technique I could just revert to on a whim. If I want to make a quilt block I still need to plan every little thing. And then there is the problem with my patience. Now, I am the Ambassador of Patience. As a printmaker, quiltmaker and knitter, (and procrastinator) you get used to the idea of slow results. Yet, there is a limit to my patience, because when it comes to making an entire quilt out of repeated quilt blocks, I feel close to death. One of the first quilts I began to make is still waiting for me to add some more Ohio Stars.
And so, to further my education on the subject, I have signed up for the 2016 Stash Bee! The Stash Bee, for those who have not heard of it, is where you get grouped in ‘Hives’ of 12. Each month someone gets to be Queen Bee and choose a block for all the other worker bees to make for you. I only very slightly dread the thought. Of course the result will be worth it in the end, but boy oh boy, I fear the clouds of despair will hang low in the skies on piecing days.
This makes me sound like I am being forced to do it. Honestly, I am buzzing for it! This is one of the most interesting things I have been able to participate in, and it is always fun to do something new. I need to get over the negative mentality I have over quilt blocks, and I feel that one block per month will help me see that I can do it. Oh please, Audrey, my Hive Mama, don’t kick me out! I promise I’ll do good!
I’m just a bit apprehensive. It is new territory. I don’t want to sound egotistical, but I don’t doubt my abilities, I mean I’m sure I’ll be able to knock out the blocks that are given to me, with enough time and effort that is. And obviously I have all of you guys to support me! I think it is more the thought of making something for someone else, what if they don’t like it? What if my green doesn’t go with their green? Oh no.
I will have to get over that fear I guess, and access the serious chocolate-hating quilter that lies within me. She is somewhere. And with that state of mind, I will conquer! I will be piecing blocks with my eyes closed! (not recommended). There is a small chance that in the end the Gypsy Quilter was right about me; that I am not serious, but funny. I am not chocolate-hating, but chocolate-loving. But it’ll be okay. I’ll just laugh it off. Then go choke myself with some chocolate buttons.
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