Have you been following along with the Scrap Vortex QAL? Did you start one? I love Amanda Jean's version, but let me tell you... my scraps are absolutely not that pretty. At all. They are 20+ years old and boring and dusty, so for sure my scraps are not going to result in a quilt that looks like hers. So thankfully I talked myself out of starting one. Self control was strong, but brief.
And then I caved.
Gail (bad influence) + Startitis = new Scrap Vortex
I am totally blaming Gail. She started a vortex quilt and her version looks as awesome as Amanda Jean's - check it out here. I started to wonder if perhaps my scraps aren't as ugly as I thought, and maybe I should just try one.
Then Gail double dog dared me! I got Ethel (Singer 301 short bed) out of the cupboard and gave her a good workout sewing up scraps.
Then I had to get Lucy (Singer 301 long bed) to wind some bobbins, since Ethel doesn't like to do that.
Clearly I had a mini flare up of "Startitis". If you haven't heard of this before, it is an incurable disease and can be quite debilitating for creative people. It is an obsession with new ideas, starting new projects, and seeking the adrenaline rush that comes with newness and beginnings, and swooning over the possibility of this becoming something wonderful. It's a great feeling and who doesn't want to feel great?!?
It is hard work to stick with old UFOs, solve the challenges, and trudge through tasks that are not much fun to complete. I'm making slow progress on my UFO of the month, but it's not fun that's for sure.
So I had to do some cognitive gymnastics in order to justify another start, and here are the thoughts I came up with :
* Gail needs some support in her quilting, so really I'm just helping out a friend by sewing along on the same project (well, that's kind of a lame excuse, but I'm using it!) Besides, she double dog dared me, so I had to.
* my scraps are out of control and this is necessary for scrap management (oooohhh...that's a good one!)
* I need a "no brainer" project to work on when I'm really tired. All of my current projects require high brain power, so this will give me something to work on late at night (rationalization, but also true!)
So here are my scrappy vortex blocks on the design wall...
I think I'm going to call this the "Startitis Vortex".
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