My husband, Jim has had this print since I’ve known him.
At various times it has hung in our home (usually in the basement) and most recently in his office. When he retired, it returned home and is back in the basement where I see it when I go down to my sewing room. It is a picture of Janus—at least the top part is. I’m not sure what the bottom is supposed to be; maybe what’s inside his head, but it looks kind of empty. Anyway, Janus is the Roman god of transition, doorways, beginnings and endings. He looks both to the future and the past.
Janus describes me when it comes to quilting. I have dozens, perhaps hundreds, of UFO’s and a few fabric cupboards that look like this (although most are NOT this neatly stacked):
and a couple that look like this:
Every time I go down to work it is a tough decision whether to work on a UFO or start a new project. And if I start something new, should it be from traditional fabric or modern? Do all long-time quilters face these dilemmas?
Last year’s experiment revealed a sobering reality; I’m not sewing fast enough. In March 2015 I cut 40 yards of fabric into 2-1/2″ strips. So far I’ve made about 12 quilts from these strips and I have one more set to use. Now granted, I’ve used far more than 40 yards in making these quilts and I’m very curious to see the total yards busted when I finish them and do the final reckoning. I’m sure it will be well over 100 yards but the sad fact is I have no visual evidence of a reduction in my stash.
For the most part, I really like the quilts I make with traditional fabric but I also love the new stuff. Isn’t that what drew most of us into quilting–gorgeous fabrics that made our heads spin with possibility? So now I’m finding myself looking back at my “old” stash yet feeling giddy when I look forward to the fresh, contemporary prints.
Jim may have tipped the scale when he told me if I ever want to move to a warmer climate I’d better get rid of all those bins because we aren’t paying to move them. I do hate winter so for now, I guess I’ll just try to sew faster!
Stash Report: April 17, 2016
Fabric In: 0 yards
Fabric Out: 0 yards
Fabric Purchased Year-to-date: 24 yards
Fabric Used Year-to-date: 1.5 yards
Net Gain: 22.5 yards
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