Which is better? Starting a new project? Or finishing a project half done (PHD)? This weekend I’ve done both!
True, my finished project was very small but it still counts! Last August I took a workshop through the Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild. Annette Kennedy taught the class “From Photo, To Pattern, To Quilt“. We learned how to take a photograph and turn it into a pattern and from there to make a quilt. We learned the process by making a landscape quilt called “Rocky Mountain Sunrise“. After the class my half finished quilt was moved around my sewing room from place to place, without every really getting worked on or getting put away. So yesterday, while I watched figure skating, I reread my instructions and finished!
I’ve also started a new project. Now this one is not small and will take longer, much longer than an afternoon of figure skating to finish but I’m very excited about it! This is an album applique quilt called Honoring Emma (by Lori Smith www.frommyhearttoyourhands.com).
I bought the pattern and the fabric for the setting triangles and borders (plus binding and even backing) at a quilt shop in Weatherford that recently closed. They had an amazing sale right before shutting their doors.
My background fabric for the applique blocks is a hand dyed fabric from Liberty Homestead. It feels wonderful!
And my fabric for the applique is mostly hand dyes from Cherrywood but also some hand dyes from Liberty Homestead. I may also use some of the fabric I hand dyed myself last summer (see Fabrics I’m Dyeing to Quilt).
So… which is better? Honestly? I love starting new projects. I love selecting patterns, choosing which fabrics to use, shopping for them if they aren’t in my stash, getting it all organized and starting that first block! Yes, finishing is very satisfying, but starting is better! Maybe that’s why I have a long list of UFOs.
How about y’all? Starting or finishing? Which is better?