Remember this miniature quilt hanging that I made from my crazy quilt “learning” block? This block began as a first try at crazy quilting and took about 10 or 11 months to finish. I would use this block to learn something new (thanks to Sharon B. of in a minute ago who is teaching now online with her Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge and her new class at Joggles.com called Sumptuous Surfaces)….make something else using what I had learned…then come back to my “learning block” later. It laid around my workroom, living room, dining room all that time for all the world like a forgotten poem. At first I worried about finishing it, but once relegated to the “learning block” status it became such an old friend that once finished I felt heartsick.
What’s all this leading up to, you ask?
I popped over to Judy’s site Possibilities, etc! and found the most gorgeous beginning to something she has been experimenting with now for a while. Doing crazy quilting design as needlepoint! O..M..G… have you ever seen crochet done as needlepoint? Take a look.. And I was struck by what she was saying in her post. We set ourselves deadlines for the completion of projects like they were some kind of paying job that the boss would fire us over…. and then wonder why sometimes something we so truly enjoy turns out to be so stressful that we just put it down and never pick it back up. Hmmmm….. food for thought.
Have a look……