The other day I decided to try and get a handle on the amount of quilt tops waiting to be quilted. I was busy making more of the Road to Oklahoma blocks, but at the back of my mind was the thought that haunts a lot of quilters; 'Do I really need another quilt?
It's a blasphemous thought, and it's also paralysing. Once you start down that road, everything you do is tinged with doubt and hesitation. Do I need another rose for the garden, do I need another pair of jeans or shirt, do I need to buy food when there is stuff in the pantry or freezer, do I need another DVD or CD? I hate thinking like that, it seems to make life bleaker, even though I have to admit the answer to all those questions is No, I don't Need any of it.
Downsizing is on most people's minds lately, it seems we've spent the last decade collecting all this stuff, and now we need to deal with it. What I have to realise is this; I can deal with the extra clothes and DVDs and food by sorting and rationalising and not buying more than I need. But to deal with my fabric stash, I NEED to make quilts. All I'm doing is changing the form of it. Instead of living in the stash drawers, it now lives in the drawer full of tops. Along the way, I've thrown out a heap of trimmings, given the scraps to Mereth, and slimmed down the amount of fabric that has to fit back in the drawers. And I've also chosen a backing and got that out of the stash. And on top of that, I've enjoyed myself for hours, reinforced my sense of worth, honed my skills even further, and I have a product that can bring happiness and pleasure to anyone I choose to gift it to. Giving away my older clothes can't really compare with that.
If I didn't spend so much time talking myself out of things, I wouldn't have to spend so much time talking myself into them again. I Quilt, therefore I Am.
I actually thought I had a lot more finished tops than this. I went back and made a collage of every top I could remember; there are more than this, but I lost patience with the collage making software and decided these are enough for now
I've been reading a wide variety of quilting blogs, some I can't even remember now, but I do recall seeing more than one photo of collections of tops, 30, 50, 100, all neatly waiting for quilting. It made me feel like a beginner; I've a long way to go before there are that many here. So I hope I can get stuck into the projects at the machine now, and churn out a couple more tops to add to the pile. I may even have time to get some QUILTED!
If I don't make quilts, then why do I have a stash? The only sensible thing to do is get busy and make more.