Thursday, July 01, 2010

Basket Case

Judi and Mary arrived last night from the UK, each bringing with her the final indigo and caramel blocks for my project.  Here's a picture of all of them, up on the wall.

Math not being my strong point, I discover I have three more indigo background blocks than I need.  The bottom three will go on the back of the quilt.  Unless it turns out that I can't help myself and make four more caramels for another row . . . .  That could happen.

My plan is to look for some CW fabric in the lighter indigo color that shows up here and there in the blocks and use that for lattice and side triangles, and a darker, richer caramel for the cornerstones and the binding.  Honna and I will be at Sauder's and Old Country Store on July 9 and most likely I'll find what I need there.

I still need four more blocks for Bill's Baskets.  The thing is, I'm caught in that uncomfortable place of being eager to see the finished project at the same time as being reluctant to have the process come to an end. 

Because I'm a process, not project person.  A journey, not destination kind of gal.  I learned that years ago.

But this time around, I'm starting to really look forward to seeing what is in my head come into a reality.

What about you?  Journey or destination?  Process or project?  Or some of each?



Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Journey, process... definitely.

Lovely baskets there... what a great ride you've had!

Pat said...

Oh Nancy, that indigo & caramel quilt took my breath away! You were so right when you conceived that color scheme -- classic, rich, destined to be treasured -- but your execution and the addition of Piecemeals baskets just take it to another level. Bravo!!

Extra blocks go on the back or perhaps as pillows?

WV = Javes. Jeeve's cockney brother.

Salem Stitcher said...

Now I'm really wanting to start a basket quilt. Mrs. G has been working with some baskets that I covet very much. Between the two of you, I think I may have to start a new project.

I waffle back and forth between journey and destination depending on deadlines and stress level. If I'm feeling overwhelmed by my UFO's, I definitely become destination oriented. But, when I'm inspired, it's all about the it should be, I think.

Quiltdivajulie said...

I am mostly a journey and process person, although I do LOVE a finish!

Case in point is my five year Spirit Song journey that continues as I prepare to bind and make/attach hanging sleeves ... it was a thrill to complete the final block and see the flimsy take on a life of its own, but I do feel a sense of emptiness now.

I know that temporary emptiness will soon be filled with the satisfaction of completion and the thrill of a new journey ~ but I've learned to leave myself some space every so often to pause and reflect (i.e. updating my quilt journal).

LOVE your photos today ... enjoy YOUR journey!

Micki said...

I love your basket quilt and how it is progressing. I will have to one day make one.

quiltmom said...

I am not much of a basket quilt person but yours is lovely Nancy.
I am definitely some of each- Often my project has a definite destination and therefore process becomes second to the need to have the project completed.
However, I do enjoy exploring different techniques and learning how new things are put together.

Miriam said...

I am definitely a jouney and process kind of gal!

I just love your indigo and caramel colour combination.

Wow, you really have been busy with Bill's Baskets!!!

SallyB said...

For me, any project becomes the process of creating it. I'm not always thrilled at the destination it took after it's finished. The journey of creation can be both frustrating and fascinating at the same time. But I can also say that no matter what the outcome, I am always gratified at the completion of a project since it can be exhausting getting there.

Word verification: catator: someone who dresses in fancy clothes and fights cats in an arena for the entertainment of an audience.