So as I finished up Magpies, I knew in the back of my head that the Hoffman-Sulky Challenge deadline was coming up. I knew that both the Rocky Mountain Quilt Festival and the Hoffman Challenge had due dates of July 23. I KNEW this... and yet... and yet I couldn't seem to set Magpies aside to start on the Hoffman project.
I had the fabric - I had ordered it online months ago (tho so late that local quilt shops were out of it already). I had been looking at it, imagining the project complete, and thinking about the important "rule" that the quilts submitted could be of ANY shape...any Shape...Any SHAPE... that seemed important and the shape had been in my head from the instant I saw the fabric and read that one rule... and yet I did not start.
Last Tuesday I finished Magpies. That was July 20th. I really didn't want to see another pink flower for a while, and I was really excited about my color palette for my next project. I was totally aware that I only had a few days - 3 to be exact - to GET it there. But then I wasn't even sure where THERE was, either. This is the first year I've done ANY quilt attempts (other than, I know, Older Daughter's quilt still on the frame these past years... well, year and a few months on the frame). This is also the first time I've ever entered any shows of any kind.
I went to the Piecing Partners Quilting Guild meeting (my second month as a member) and that is when I figured out that "Magpies" could be turned in at a local quilting shop on August 7th. That meant, now that I was done with it, that It didn't have to go anywhere for a while. So, on July 21 I came home inspired and started making "Touched by Angels."
What if it doesn't come out right? What if it isn't what I imagined? What if? what if? what if...