Sunday, January 13, 2008

Quilting slump!!

I can't believe it myself, but I'm in a quilting slump !

I went through a lot of quiltbooks...nothing happened... I visited quilt blogs... nope. I dug in my pile of UFO's....no result :-/



While digging in my UFOs I remembered something which immediatley made me blush with shame; my son. I have been quilting since 1996 and I made so many quilts,but who hasn't a quilt on his bed ?????? Yes, my son. I started several times on a quilt for him. One ended in a UFO quilt. Do you see the log cabin blocks. I thought they would be nice for his quilt. Maybe 10 years ago I started a marinerss compass for him. Yes, I made these blocks all by hand. A few years later I discovered my machine and finishing this project seemed a problem to me,

then I remembered a conversation with my DS from a little time ago:

DS: "Mom when do I get my quilt? You have been working on it for almost 10 years....."
Me: uuuhhh .....(Shame shame)
DS: Mom, right now I would even be happy even with a pink quilt with flowers. It doesn't matter, I want to have a quilt made by you.
(He knows I love pink fabrics with flowers)


While I was chatting with Kathie about my quilting slump, I decided to baste this top for him immedialtey. I can keep the quilting simple and work fast. It can't be that all my girls have a quilt and my son hasn't! I have to get rid of that "shame" feeling.

Lucy

27 comments:

Patti said...

Looks like it's a great quilt for him. Now that he's laid a major guilt trip on you I'm sure you'll get it done.

I, too, seem to be in a quilting slump. I can't believe it! Here I am retired with lots and lots of time and I'm doing everything but sewing. Don't get me wrong - all the organizing and cleaning I'm doing really needed to be done - but I've come to realize that at least part of that drive is due to the fact that I just can't work up the desire to sew. Not a good thing when I'm participating in May Britt's challenge!

Dawn said...

Oh it looks like a wonderful quilt for him. Nice and cozy! Don't worry, that quilting slump will go away someday - I"ve been in them before too!

de vliegende koe said...

The quilt looks wonderful. Your son will be so happy, and warm! When you finished this one, you will feel so proud about yourself, you will go on and the quilting slump will be over!

deb said...

That looks like a BEAUTIFUL quilt, love the warm tonings. Your son will love it!

Feeling Simply Quilty said...

Check out Quilter's Home magazine. It has helped me to reignite my passion for quilting. I too was in a slump. This magazine helps bring you back to what you enjoyed in the first place, plus a really fresh take on quilters.

Kathie said...

Oh Lucy I think by the time you finish hand quilting this quilt you will be ready to work on a project, maybe that beautiful 4 block applique quilt?
Kathie

drucillastitches said...

I just came across your blog and wanted to say hello. I think your work is beautiful and very inspirational! I have been an on/off quilter for years since I don't have much time or talent and have recently picked it up again. I've always used my machine for piecing and find it so hard to believe anyone can actually sew tiny pieces by hand!! LOL! You are very talented, keep quilting, you're an inspiration. Oh, and it's so neat to meet someone via blog community so far away. We actually live about an hour from the Great Smokey Mounains.

Libby said...

Looks like a perfect quilt for your son . . .he' going to be one happy fella *s*

Shelina said...

I see pink flowers in the quilt! But it is a manly quilt, and I am sure that he will just love it.

Kieny said...

I think your son will be very happy with this quilt Lucy. It looks very warm and cozy.

Mary said...

I'm sorry you're in a slump but sometimes I just need a break.

I love this quilt you picked for your son.

julieQ said...

How neat that your sweet son wants a quilt from you so badly. You are doing a great job on his quilt! Lovely colors, he will cherish it always.

JulieQ

Anne Ida said...

The 16-patch quilt looks like a wonderful choice for your son! And perhaps getting rid of that "shame" feeling will help you get out of your quilting slump? :o)

Take care, have fun and stay positive :o)

Tracey said...

i agree with kathie...once you get rolling on this quilt, the ideas will start to flow. been there and lived that! sometimes our brains just need a little vacation i think...so don't be hard on yourself! it happens to us all. i love the quilt that you came up with though! he's going to love it. :o)

tracey
www.theehandworks.typepad.com

Judy in NJ said...

Hi Lucy- I discovered your blog after reading about quilt blogging in Holly's article. I have never commented on a blog before, but have missed seeing your updates for the last couple of weeks and have been thinking about you. I am sorry you are in a slump, I know it will pass. It could just be that you are tired and need a break, especially after the holidays and the extra work that they bring. You might just be putting too much pressure on yourself. Anyway I want you to know that I think your quilts are beautiful and I have been inspired by your work and your enthusiasm which is definitely infectious. Your son's quilt is perfect and very pretty but also masculine. Let yourself relax and your quilt muse will return. I'm sure of it.

La Tea Dah said...

You are a very sweet mother. I know your son will love his quilt! I think it's beautiful.

LaTeaDah

atet said...

Your son's quilt will be wonderful. As for the slump -- I know just what you mean. This is probably why I've been knitting so much lately. I've got to get back to my fabric soon, but, the break has been nice and relaxing!

Christine said...

Love the look of the quilt you are doing for your son. It is lovely that he is so keen for one. I really admire your handquilting too - I find all your quilts very inspiring. Hope this project helps you overcome the slump.

Lea said...

Lucy, Even though You said you are in slump, You are doing great with quilting. :-)
I adore your UFO blocks. I wanted to say "Thank YOU!" for keep inspiring us. :-)
Your son quilt is beautiful. He is very lucky to have a wonderful mom like you. :-)

Hanne said...

I am sure this quilt will be just what your son wants - it looks lovely from here :-)

Jane Ann said...

Nothing like a little shame to kick-start you out of a slump! Your work is so beautiful I don't blame your son for feeling slighted. Who WOULDN'T want HIS share of your talent lying on his bed?

Laura said...

Lucy it is a gorgeous quilt top. I am sure your son will be thrilled with it!

Karen said...

Nothing can make you feel more guilty than your children :-). Love the conversation with him, and how nice that he wants to be sure to get a quilt on his bed from you. Think how happy you will be once that pretty quilt is done and on his bed. It's hard to imagine you in a quilting slump, Lucy, and yet it happens to all of us. Part of the creative cycle, I guess.

Nettie said...

So sweet that he asked. Maybe he recognizes that a quilt is a "power object". Reminds me of how kitties get so interested in whatever you're working on, must sit down on the thing that's clearly so important to "Mom".

Alison-My Little Stitching Corner said...

Oh boy, your post could be one of mine. I have made quilts for 3 of my 4 children. Started one for my oldest who is 15 when he was about 13 and haven't hardly got going on it........He makes little comments too. It is my January quilt to make. However, I just realized that January is almost over, and I haven't touched it.

Elizabeth Joy said...

Umm... Just this last week I pulled out the quilt I started for my daughter quite a long time ago. I got stuck on it, and tried to forget about, but my daughter wouldn't let me. I'm going to try to get it finished this winter. You can see a picture of where I am on my blog. http://joyinthemorninglight.blogspot.com/2008/01/you-would-think-that-from-looks-of-my.html
It is so good that you are working on your son's quilt. He will treasure it for sure.

BUMBLE BEANS said...

now you can do the "YOU DID IT!" dance...
We all have quilts we never finish! That's why I collect quilt tops! My own and everybody else!
Well done!