I am not a very prolific quilter and that has recently started to bother me.
Here's a fine example: I was walking through Target the other night and came across a beautiful Queen size quilt. It was all white, and was filled with straightline stitching about an inch apart. It was on clearance for a mere $35. I absolutely hate the comforter that is on my bed (a desperation purchase from Kohl's about 3 years ago). As I'm holding this quilt from Target, my heart is saying...You are a Quilter, make yourself a freakin' quilt. Then my head starts saying (or was it my Sister)...Yeah; but can you make a Queen size for $35. I put the Target quilt in my cart and hee-hawed over it the entire rest of the store, only to eventually purchase it. Yet the quilt is still in it's bag with the receipt, as I still haven't made up my mind.
Here's an additional example: I am the President of the STLMQG; yet I have rarely shown anything during Show & Tell. Why you ask? Because aside from the guild challenges, most everything I have made to date has been for a bee or swap that I seem to send away before I can even share it with the guild. Plus, I have yet to make anything for myself, much less the family members I keep saying will get a quilt someday. I see some of my fellow members who have a lot less time on their hands, whip out beautiful quilts in what seems like no time and I think to myself...what am I doing wrong.
Here's what happened...when I got involved in Modern Quilting about a year or so ago, I literally jumped into it with both feet. Participating in way too many swaps and bees on Flickr. While I loved every minute of it, I've realized that it has left me with no time for myself.
So, I've started cutting back. I'm involved in alot fewer swaps and bees now. Plus, I've actually started on some things that I have been putting off.
Here is a photo of my "in process" table. There are alot of little projects sitting on it, including a block for do. Good Stitches, a block for Simply Strings and a bag of Tula Pink waiting to be turned into a block for Jamie, as part of our Lou Bee (bee). Yet, you see that Innocent Crush fabric up top...that's a quilt that has been on my radar for a while. And those Black and White strips...yep, there's another project for me.
I am determined to finish one if not more things just for me before the year is out. It might sound a little selfish; but sometimes I think it's okay to be a little selfish.