When Laurel was an infant and we lived in a sparsely decorated place, I lusted after an autumn leaves pattern that used a ton of batiks. Mom bought the pattern and kept it stashed for me, but I never got around to acquiring fabric for the project. When Laurel was a toddler, I acquired a nice pinwheel quilt in the cool tones I actually decorate with.
After I started the process of combining households in my current living situation, I found my future bedroom quilt plans directed by an ornate wrought iron poster bed. Visions of Double Irish Chain quilts started showing up in the back of my head, but they didn't grab me like that Jinny Beyer design I can still see clearly in my mind's eye.
Piecing a simple picnic blanket last night, I realized I'm tired of complex piecing right now and I just want to enjoy quilting with an already-finished top. A few years ago I could have asked my aunt the piecing whiz if I could quilt one of the many finished tops she had, but I don't think she has any stowed since she can have them professionally machine quilted now. (ObPlug: two of my aunts and a uncle own and operate Mill Girl Quilts near Boston.)
Two resolutions came out of all this:
- I finally picked out a quilt pattern that's a happy medium between myriad pieced blocks and whole-cloth quilting; and
- I may revise my present five-year plan to work toward a Gammill quilting system.