Monday, November 1, 2010

Denyse Schmidt is so wise

Today was another quilt sandwiching day at the Bailey house!  I got a pretty cool back made this weekend and since I had another in my long line of dental appointments this morning I took the whole day off and did some pin basting.  Does anyone else find making a pieced back more work than making the quilt top?  I basically have NO plan for the back and at least with the front I'm working with small squares and I know what I'm doing.  I try to use up all the scrap pieces and leftovers but trying to fit everything together is like a puzzle.  Plus you're working with looooong and wide pieces of fabric.  But anyways, I digress, the back is done and the binding is made so all I have to do is quilt now.  Eep!  My most scariest part. 

I was trying to rush to finish up this quilt for Amy's quilt festival this weekend and it was making it too much like work.  Then I was an inactive (shy) participant in a live chat with Denyse Schmidt on Twitter Saturday.  One thing Denyse said really stood out because it's so true for me. "As soon as a deadline is attached, just assume that it introduces a level of stress and may take some of the enjoyment away."  

I decided right then to take the deadline out of the equation and just relax.  I'll be taking my time on the quilting because I've got a  more involved pattern in mind.  I'm actually looking forward to working on it a little bit each evening after dinner.  Quilting gets pretty monotonous so I may have a little wine and Pandora involved.  Ahhhh .... sounds much better than hurrying to get it done last week.

Here's a little hint of the back


  1. Denyce Schmidt. How can one lady have so much cool factor? I hope you have good pain meds for your chompers!

  2. That one decision you made will be the difference between enjoying the process of creating this quilt, and hating it. Way to go! And I'm really enjoying the sneak peeks - it's looking beautiful!

  3. Man, that is such a tease just showing that teeny piece!! I love pieced backs but usually by that stage I just want the quilt finished and do a simple one.

    How did the dentist go? We were at the dental hospital with Chook yesterday and go back tomorrow for root canal treatment. Gah!

  4. I'm a lazy back maker. I just sew all the same fabric together and go!


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