I often wonder how other quilters work? Are they super organised and work on one project at a time? Or are there others like me, who tend to flit about from one project to another, and have heaps of things on the go at the same time? Just have a look at this! These bags of UFOs are usually stuffed in the corner by my sewing machine, in an effort to keep things tidy. (I’m not even going to mention the other UFOs hidden away in the spare bedroom.) But when I am sewing, I sometimes work from this bag, and sometimes from another. And the bag with the pigs in the quilt shop contains my hand stitching so that gets taken out regularly.
Actually, I didn’t choose any of these bags, as this particular sewing project hasn’t even got a bag to put it in, but has been wrapped up in an English tea towel quoting all sorts of quilting sayings, such as “Quilters do it morning, noon and night.” I’ve decided to work on the raggy floral quilt I’m making, and laid out all the blocks on the floor. Then I had to arrange them, and rearrange them, can’t have those two together, and then perhaps I need to stitch a few more light ones? You know what it’s like, all this takes time. I’ve decided to stitch them up in blocks, instead of long rows, to make it easier to handle.
In the middle of all this creativity a visitor arrived. “Careful in the lounge”, I warned her, “there’s a quilt laid out”, as she stepped over all the blocks. “What’s in all those bags?” she wanted to know. My other projects of course. Then she spotted my quilt rack with a couple of half finished quilts all pinned up, and wanted to know about those too. I often wonder what non-sewers think of all this creative mess!