Last weekend we spent an afternoon visiting our too-sweet-for-words twin nieces, made ever sweeter by a never-ending bowl of homemade guacamole and a winning NFL championship.
It was also the perfect afternoon to photograph the quilts that I gifted the babies on Christmas.
You might remember back in the Fall I posted about my game plan for these quilts (I do think I actually referred to it as a “game plan”…how fitting as tomorrow is the Superbowl, and our dear city is on cloud nine anticipation!). I had grand plans for two new fun arrow-motif quilts, and a new pattern to go along with them.
Well, my best laid plans fell flat. With several intense project deadlines in November and December, unfortunately I found my game plan for the quilts to be unachievable. The fact of the matter was, I was in survival mode- up sewing at 6am and working through the night working on a big project…stretched thin with trying to keep the household in order and the kids busy. But a temporary shortage of time didn’t change how badly I wanted to wanted to make these quilts. I love these girls so much and I wanted more than anything to give them a pair of special, heartfelt quilts on Christmas day.
At first, it felt like a failure. The arrow motif wasn’t going to happen. Then one day (admittedly not far before Christmas), I made a decision: either I could either hold fast to my original concept and the babies would get the quilts ridiculously late, or I could go to plan B- suck it up and allow myself the grace of a new, simplified plan- simple, square patch quilts…turned edge & tied, and. most importantly, on time, however simple.
I chose plan B- to simplify- and I’m so very glad I did. How silly I had been…beating myself up. Sometimes plans change, and I’m learning to go with the flow, guilt-free. They loved the quilts! And I can’t imagine them made any other way. The bold colors and prints (Curiosities by Jeni Baker for Art Gallery Fabrics) shone perfectly in these big 6″ squares. Wonderfully simple and sweet.
It was really enjoyable to go back to my roots on these, and finish them the way that I was taught to finish quilts 25 years ago in the basement of a church- a simple turned edge with a top stitch around the perimeter. It’s hard to explain it…I love quilt bindings so much, but there’s just something about this method that feels casual and comfortable to me, and the more time goes on, the more I enjoy this method as a binding alternative on certain quilts. (btw- if you’re interested in learning more about this quick, beginner-friendly method, you can find a thorough step by step demonstration in my Learn to Quilt: Charming Baby Quilt class)
And to finish it all off- simple yarn ties. I’ve machine quilted turn-edge quilts before, but to me the ties just give that sweet vintage-feeling charm.
In the end, I think time is teaching me to let go more, in general, to relax and go with life’s flow, and to be more gentle with myself. No guilt when the game plan shifts or can’t do all that I set out to do. Living at peace with what each day, and each quilt, brings.