Since the very first day I found out I was pregnant with Astrid I wanted to make a quilt for her (…well I didn’t now her name back then, but wanted to make a quilt for the baby). This last week with my arms out of knitting function (or any other function for that matter) I started smelling at the fabrics I showed you in the previous post. I have taken inspiration from other fellow crafters who have made beautiful quilts like this or who I think are good at combining patterned fabrics like this.
After chewing a while the cutter wheels have been turning and turning in between Astrid’s naps. And this morning I finally lay all the squares out on the floor. I rearranged them a few times, got up on my feet and took a step back to look at the glory, when I realize that my heart doesn’t tingle when I see it. All these fabrics which I love and I have looked forward to combine… well it just doesn’t’ look right… (even the photo turned out bad). Too much going on and no feeling of belonging tigether... Do you know what I mean? I usually get a good feeling when I think something is working, but not this time, and it is frustrating.
Why doesn’t it look right? What should I have done different?
And then I ask myself: what was I thinking?
So far I have made quilts with natural white fabric mixed with a few squares of printed fabric. This time I thought I’d do something different, something out of my comfort zone. I wanted to make a juicy quilt like the ones I have seen so many times on flickr. I thought it was going to be fun and easy, but I realize I have no clue. No clue what so ever on how to combine patterns. Is this something you can learn or is it just a talent that some crafters are born with? I say it again: What was I thinking?!!
And now what do I do? I am the self proclaimed queen of cutting anxiety and here I am looking at 36 squares that I don’t know what to do with. Do I stitch up the quilt anyway and hope that it grows on me? Or do I burry it completely and wait for a sunny day and a brilliant idea that will let me use the cut squares? I am so bummed… I really wanted to make a quilt today…
…I think I got up on the wrong foot this morning.