Monday, January 11, 2010

I stopped thinking and just started doing...

So, this is a little peak at my son's quilt before it was finished. I had picked out, cut out and thought about it for weeks! It could even be months to be completely honest.

It is my first official quilt. Never done this before, but my son had been asking for one and I was determined to make it happen! He wanted it to be a total surprise, "don't tell me anything about it mom, okay? Surprise me!", is what he said.

SO that is what I set out to do. But, I tend to over think things. All.the.time. Ask any close family member of mine, they will totally back me up on this, especially my sister. :)

I really didn't want to screw this up. The fabric had been bought and there was no more like it at the store. None. So, I had to make it work with what I had. I think it paralyzed me for a bit. I would just stare at it wondering how to place it, piece it and the like. Almost too afraid to do anything with it.

Then one day I stopped staring at it. I just started doing! I just relaxed and started laying the pieces out one by one, just kinda following my own little rhythm. It was nice. It was almost therapy like. And before I knew it, I was done. Well, laying it out anyway. Then I started sewing and ironing and sewing some was awesome!

And voila! FInished it. Just in time for Christmas morning. Whew. Well, finished except for the hand binding of the binding part....but it was all good with the child. He LOVES it! Makes this mama happy.

I am determined this year to set out on another quilt adventure. For our daughter in Russia this time. Hopefully it won't take quite as long....

So, how about you, any paralyzing sewing projects you tend to over think? Or did over think and then just got over it? Do share!


  1. Congrats on finishing this project! Sometimes thinking too much is a roadblock to creativity, getting your hands in there and doing is a good way to get it all flowing. I started quilting as therapy and quickly got frustrated by all the supposed rules. I quit doing it that way fast as I didn't want fun to turn to frustration. Now I totally enjoy what I create and am free to do as I please!

  2. I just started doing this myself and know exactly what you mean! And the finished product is always so cool!

  3. Love the quilt! I really want to do one with some of my son's baby clothes, but I don't know how. May have to job that one out!

  4. green is my favorite color -- the quilt is beautiful!