I assure you these pictures do not do this quilt justice. It simply takes my breath. Away every time I look at it I see the hours of work spent on it. I look at the color choices, the design, the layout all of it and I am in awe. She wants me to quilt this.
When I think about quilting this self doubt creeps in. "I cannot do this." "I have no idea what to quilt on this." "What if I ruin it?" Okay. .. deep breath.
Typically when I see a quilt that has this many seams this close together I think meander. A meander pattern allows me to systematically avoid said seams and avoid breaking a needle. Meandering is not what this quilt deserves. Okay, now what?
Usually when I see a quilt with lots of angles, I quilt the opposite. Okay. Circles. No, not circles. Something flowing perhaps, but not circles.
When I look at a quilt sometimes the quilt will lead me in a certain direction. What do I see when I look at this? A Star. A sun radiating out it's light. Fire. Flames. No, no and no. hmm.
Why am I stuck on this quilt? What is it that is causing all of this?
I think of the 100's of quilts that I have quilted in the last 5 years and I cannot understand what it is about this particular quilt that has me shaking in my boots. Fear and Doubt about my ability as a quilter are not uncommon to me. I am sure they are not uncommon to many quilters. Currently I am paralyzed with fear. All I have done for the last few weeks is fret over how what I am going to do about this quilt. Why?
I am not sure.
Perhaps the answer is just to start small. Baby steps. yes. First things first. Load the quilt. (good start right) This is a step that is easy. Time consuming, yes, but easy. The simple rhythm of loading the quilt on the quilt frame is comforting, peaceful even. Maybe once I get this beauty loaded on my machine the rest will come just as naturally. Fingers crossed.