Do you choose your projects or do your projects choose you?
I cringe when I think about how I used to choose projects as a beginning quilter. I would pore over magazines, study the photos and start a project just because I owned some of the fabric in the photo.
Did I even care about the pattern? Yes, I guess so since I never chose to do a Feathered Star or Mariner’s Compass. But slavishly copying a magazine photo is not very creative, so I stopped choosing my projects that way.
A friend of mine said recently that from now on she was going to make quilts that she could hang on the walls in her house (because they would match). I on the other hand will make more quilts that will not match my house. Believe me, I tried to color coordinate with my living room and bedroom when I first started making quilts and then discovered that it took so long to finish them that my décor changed.
Not only did the décor change, but the house did too. We’ve moved three times. So I don’t let my house dictate my projects either.
At times I have let my family choose projects for me, but they are not a very demanding bunch. Either that or they’ve stopped asking because their projects never get done. Clearly, I’m a bad mother.
So how will I choose my future projects? Somewhere along the line, I’ve decided to let my fabric determine the project. I vow to use my prettiest and most expensive fabrics. Why does it matter? It keeps quilting exciting! I am more motivated and therefore I procrastinate less. I get more done. That is a good thing.
Pieces of me,