I once took a drawing class in which the professor gave us the assignment to use texture to create interest in the drawing. She told us that if we are bored with our mark-making, the viewer will recognize it and our drawings will project that boredom to the viewer.
I remind myself of that as I sew quilts. If I'm bored while creating a quilt I imagine if it will also be boring -- a ho hum quilt -- to those who see it. Somehow, I think our emotions -- excitement, interest, enthusiasm, or boredom -- move from our minds, through our hands, to the fabric, the quilting, and the finished quilt.
I can't say that I'm bored with this quilt but I don't have much enthusiasm for it. I personally like blue and green together but there's something not right with this quilt as it is. (Too many lights and too few mediums? Too many light/dark blocks, not enough light/medium, medium/dark blocks?) Yet, I'm committed to sewing more blocks to see what I can make of it. At this point I have 7 blocks by 8 blocks (minus 2). The blocks will finish at 6". Were I to stop after making 2 more blocks, the quilt would finish at 42" x 48". Certainly large enough for a baby quilt, but then figure in the shrinkage from quilting and washing & drying and it might be a mite small.
My goal in January is to make 18 more blocks and play with layouts. Perhaps some of the blocks will not be used and the quilt will stay the same size or become square. My goal does not include choosing a border (which the quilt may or may not get) nor sewing the blocks together but if I get that far, all the better.
This first week of January has been hectic. My daughter who wasn't able to come for Christmas came for New Year and spent five days with us. She left on Wednesday (the day before I had a colonoscopy - ugh). I'm always sad to see loved ones go. At my age I never can tell whether it might be the last time I'll see them, so I savor the moments.
I'm linking this post to One Monthly Goal - January Goal Setting Link Up at Elm Street Quilts. From the number of quilters linking up (113 right now!) there are lots of us ready to set goals and play with fabric again. Click through to see thumbnails of others' goals for January. Thanks for hosting, Patty.