Phew…I’m not even sure what I need to write about but I certainly have to break the jinx so a random musing on what’s been going on with me lately it is. If you recall, I mentioned I might have to be less frequent here due to other commitments. However, I didn’t intend to be away this long or maybe I did but totally intended to be busy with other things the entire time. I thought I had it all figured out, I’ll complete another quilt, finish a tutorial and some posts I’ve been putting off and whatever else came in view. Instead I have been so tired and unmotivated that I could barely do more than lay down and read novels at the times when I’d normally be quilting.
Let’s just say I have been in a lull these past weeks and at some point I started stressing about the fact that I wasn’t doing much. Do you know that feeling when you know what you should be doing but you just couldn’t get up to do it to save your life? No? Well that was me most of the time.
When I could force myself out of the fog, I did manage to get some things done and I can gladly share the highlights as it wasn’t all bad. I completed the Quilting and binding on Nautical…(pictures coming up soonest) happy days as that marks the completion of all my bed size Quilt projects…for now. I was so sure that after this last quilt, I will take a well deserved break from larger projects but I guess the universe had other plans (I have been commissioned to make 2 King Size quilts!…I will figure it out somehow). I have also completed the 3rd random blocks from my strips and made all three into cushions.
I have also made another baby quilt from my stash of Disney Character Panels, its Anna and Elsa from Frozen!
One of those days, a nice lady contacted me (she found me online…thank God for technology!) she sounded so glad to have found a Quilter in Nigeria,who knew that I was an answer to a silent prayer 🙂 Anyway, we had an interesting conversation about quilting, she currently has two quilts purchased from an exhibition in UK. The conversation ended up in a commission to make a King size quilt for her but I believe I won’t venture into that project until early next year. We chatted about color preferences and she sent loads of inspiration pictures which I subsequently used in illustrating some designs. Her color preference and design inspirations changed like twice in the space of 2 days so I now have a couple of patterns I hope to eventually create. I must say I quite enjoy this process, I am finally finding my way around designing quilt patterns on Inkscape (It’s free and easier to use in my opinion than Adobe Illustrator)
In her search for inspiration designs, she mentioned something I had not really given any thought…the difference between quilts made in UK and US. In her exact word she said… “UK Quilters seem to have full looking designs while the US Quilters play around with more colors and designs”. Her observation is based on Google search and her experience shopping for Quilts in the UK of course. After the conversation, I decided to do my own Google image search and this time I didn’t limit it to just UK or US. It was very interesting to see the peculiarities of Quilting styles and patterns from the different continents.
It will definitely be a wonderful challenge to study more on this peculiarities and probably try out some of the patterns. Through my search, I deduced that what she referred to as “full designs” might mean that there are more traditional block based, lots of English Paper piecing with lots of bold prints and colors. On the other hand is the more “interesting”, more “subtle” “modern quilting” style widely adopted in US. Have you given this any thought and what have you noticed (if you have) about the different Quilting styles and the reason for these peculiarities. Personally, I believe it has a lot to do with the history, culture and the prevailing trends in the country/continent in question.
My interaction with this customer raised questions that I hope you all can help me clarify. How do you handle commissioned quilts, do you accept patterns or design and present your own pattern to the customers, what do you say to a request to create a replica of an existing quilt especially when there is no information about the original designer…? Previous customers have been happy for me to use my “discretion” once we agree on colors. This means I get to create something that I not only enjoy creating from start to finish but will also be unique to the customer. I generally say no to recreating someone else’s quilt especially when all I get is a picture with no reference to the designer. In the end she decided to send her own illustrations and i got to choose the one I would be willing to make but I will like to know how to handle this better in the future.
On another note, I will be relocating to a new city in the next month or so and it’s time to sort out my stash and pack but my God, I can’t believe how much I’ve acquired in the past 2 years. I have no clue where to begin! I’m going to need special discipline to streamline what to let go off and what to take along. I’m hoping to get rid of some of my scraps (I mean make them into something!) and trust me there’s a lot…Any ideas or suggestions for dealing with the scraps and packing up would be much appreciated 🙂
Well I did say this was going to be all random musings with no particular aim than to break the silence so there you have it. I am making every effort to drag myself out of this dull state and I am confident that I’ll have something to share pretty soon.
Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to your opinions and comments on the questions raised. I have really missed being here and reading all your comments so it feels good to be back! Enjoy the rest of your week.
P:S: I am here debating whether to post this now or still read it over a couple more times but I’m afraid if i go with the latter option the post might just sit in draft for another God knows how many days so out it goes right now!!!