A little while ago I opened up a bit of debate on the CQGB Yahoo Group about this years Journal Quilt Project.
I have been procrastinating - and indeed worrying if I should commit to making the 12 little quilts.
This is what I posted on the discussion group:-
My problem is 'Should I do this' - not what will my topic be. If I do do this (and it will be my first time) then I am pretty certain that my theme will be Memories (though even as I type this I am wavering a bit! But I would need to get out of my comfort zone - so no more Spanish Garden!)
The problem as I say is the 'should'. I read Jill's rules - and I do understand them, but felt they were a bit stern and seeded me with doubt.
Lots of people seem to either have the luxury of being retired or work part time. I work full time, it's pretty full on and it's pretty demanding. So, what to do? Anyone else out there in a similar quandary to me?
Thank you to everyone who said I should 'go for it' and silly me for thinking that I was alone in holding down a day job and trying to do textile art at the same time!
So I have registered. My theme will be Memories (I did start something along those lines towards the end of last year - it still needs finishing!) But I do like to have several things on the go at one time!
The key thing with this, I have decided, is to treat each mini quilt as a page in a sketch book. I would not get too hung up about that, so I should just be able to crack on with this little project.
And if I don't make it, well - it won't be the end of the world.
Meanwhile, I have also thought about doing a quilt on the theme Horizons for this years FoQ. So, and as a bit of light relief, I have been casting round for inspiration and research.
I have always been a fan of Eric Ravilious and have a lovely book of some of his watercolours of the South Downs.
So, lots to do and to keep me occupied.
And thanks again to everyone's words of encouragement regarding the Journal Quilts. I am going to give it my best shot!