Yesterday when I was writing my newsletter and the post about the Innova Angles quilt I was reflecting on how much fun that quilt was to quilt. part of that was just the newness of the machine and having fun learning about FloMo and her perfect stitches. But, in hindsight, I think it was mostly about the fact that I didn't care how that little quilt turned out. I started outlining some big triangles and went from there. I quilted with abandon. I didn't pay attention to which rulers I used in which shapes. I didn't worry if a line wasn't quite straight. I didn't care of some of my swirls or pebbles were wonky. I just had fun and it showed in the end.
Fast forward to this quilt. It started off great because I started with SID quilting. I love ditch quilting because I think it really makes a difference in the way the quilt looks but I also love it because I don't have to think about it. I just have to do it.
I quickly got through that and froze. A bit of the freezing was because I had that ddreadful cold but most of it was simply fear of what to do next. I love this quilt too much and want it to be perfect. I've pondered these stupid orange triangles at least a week.
Then I listened to my own words yesterday. I needed to put this quilt into perspective. It's just a quilt. I can make another one if I want. I need to do SOMETHING.
So I did. I went back to my crutch....my rulers....and quilted some shapes and then filled them in. Is it ideal? I have no idea but at least it something and now there's some hope that this quilt will eventually hang on my bedroom wall.
I'll finish the orange triangles and then I'll somehow repeat the same motif in the other triangles.
Then I can fret over the backgrounds.
I know I'm not the only quilt with this problem and I'll never totally get over it. But looking from the outside aren't we nuts to let the "next step" paralyze us so much? We need to remember that by getting on with it we will make a lot more quilts and with each one get a little better.
This quilt is for my own bedroom wall. There's no excuse for all the time it's taking to complete it. BUt now you know what I've been doing all week. I've been avoiding!
How do you deal with creative paralysis?