Monthly Archives: April 2009

When It Rains…

I had a request for a baby boy quilt.

Fun, right? It’s a mixture of David Walker’s Robots and some Kona solids and there’s a random polka-dot thrown in there too. It might need a border—we’ll see.

Seems like there is some quilting to be done around here.

It feels more spring-y today. Temperatures are back in the normal range and leaves are beginning to show themselves on the trees.

Roundabout

This quilt top just came over me. I rummaged through my (very unorganized) stash and did all the cutting in one afternoon—the piecing took a bit longer though. I’d like to say that it was inspired by the roundabout fashion that this spring has taken to arrive, but mostly it was just about circles, pretty fabrics and spring colors. It’s big by my standards—50″ x 70″—so I think quilting it will be a challenge. I have some ideas about how I’m going to go about it and I’m just waiting for a chunk of down-time to attack the project (wishful thinking, I know).

I absolutely love it. And Jake loves it too. He has asked more than once if we are going to ‘get to keep it’ and the answer is a resounding ‘yes’. This one is ours baby!

Speaking of spring and how long it has taken to get here—let me show you some photos of what we did today.

I’ll just remind you for effect that it’s April 26th. The temperature was over ninety here today and my stubborn daffodils still haven’t bloomed. We spent the day slathered with sunscreen and romping in the Long Island Sound and there aren’t even any leaves on the trees yet. Strange and lovely all at once. Last night and tonight both, dinner was cooked and eaten outside and my shoes are nowhere to be found. I plan on collapsing in a damp happy heap on my bed as soon as I hit ‘post’.

Creative Questioning

There’s nothing like a little quilting and a good hot wash to put the finishing touches on a quilt.

This quilt is the fourth quilt that I have made on commission this year. I’m still enjoying it but I worry that ‘creating on schedule’ might lose it’s appeal.

Many of you know that I once owned a knitting shop but I don’t talk about it too much here. I was idealistic enough to believe that turning a personal passion into a business could be done successfully and I learned a tough lesson. I had designed knitting patterns and taught knitting and worked in knitting shops for years and when a friend and a friend of hers asked me to join in their venture I felt as if I couldn’t refuse. I had reservations from the start but I was afraid of looking back and wishing I had opted in. We each had a dream of what our knitting shop would be but three visions was (at least) one two many. The whole sour experience has dampened my love of knitting and I worry about making the same mistake again.

I blogged once about opening an etsy shop and mentioned that I might reveal the details here but wasn’t sure. Some people asked why I wouldn’t promote a potential shop on my blog and my answer was/is: separate business and pleasure. Keeping this blog is a pleasure for me and I don’t want to spoil that by mixing it with any business venture.

For now I’ll stick with commissions. I like making something with a recipient in mind and I like not worrying about my financial outlay.

Those of you who craft for profit, please chime in here. Am I wrong? Do you lose your personal satisfaction by trying to meet deadlines or quotas? Does your feeling of creating for the sake of expression get mired in budgets and profits? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks Erika for letting me use your lovely porch for my photos!