With chill November rains streaking my windows, winter has moved in to Oregon on it’s calendar schedule, along with thoughts of tucking in to some quilting. My friends and I are starting to think about a spring retreat, and the logistics of who, where, when, and how are the easy parts.
The hard part for me should really be the fun part: what to sew?
That’s the decision I seem to agonize over the most, and I’ll bet you know the feeling of doubt surrounding choosing a weekend quilting project: am I biting off too much for one weekend? Will it turn into my newest UFO? Will I still like it after I’ve invested time and money into it?
At one time in my life I was a ‘daily quilter’, at my machine every day. But things change and now I make quilts only occasionally, purely for the creative joy, always for people I love, and usually on retreat…I don’t want them to complicate my life!
I’m looking for project choices that support the reasons I go on retreat to begin with: relaxed time with friends, and a chance to be playful, creative and productive.
So for this next retreat, I’ve decided to make a fast little baby quilt: an FLBQ.
I don’t know of any babies expected anytime soon… but here are five reasons why I’ve decided that an FLBQ is my next perfect choice for a retreat weekend:
- I won’t be committed to looking at it every day of my life, so I can feel free to let go and play with color, print, and technique.
- It’s smaller, so my investment in fabric and materials is lower.
- I know that, as a future gift, it’s an expression of love so pure that even infantile indignities like spit-up can’t affect it’s value to the recipient….so neither will small sewing imperfections.
- I’ll choose something I can realistically make in a weekend, so I can pack up on the last day of quilt retreat feeling satisfied and accomplished, without adding another UFO to my to-do list.
- And maybe best of all, with an FLBQ or two in the bag, I’ll be ready to bestow a hand made, heartfelt token of joy the next time a baby shower rolls around.
So the hunt is on! I’ll be looking for a FLBQ pattern with some playful aspect: a new-to-me technique or one I can adapt to my own stitching preferences. I’ll share my contenders over the coming week. If you have ideas or a favorite pattern to share, let me know!