One Step Forward, One Step Back, One Step Sideways

The inevitable result of clearing out my backlog of quilting projects is discovering how much I’ve grown as a fiber artist. I don’t mean this in a good way. The next project on the list for my guild’s Unfinished Quilts Challenge is a top I made years ago of swirling fish. The top wasn’t where I expected it to be, so I had to pull out the entire stack of unquilted tops from the closet. That was the step forward.

This is as neat as I get

Believe it or not, this is the tidiest my closet has been in years. The tops on the bottom shelf at the back are ones I will quilt as gifts or for donations through the guild’s Community Quilts outreach program. I culled these tops from a much larger stack. That’s when I discovered the step back.

I am not the same person who made these tops

This pile represents tops or tops-in-progress that really don’t deserve to be quilted, at least not in their current condition. When I’m in a better mood, I will re-evaluate each top and determine which (if any) can be salvaged. That’s the step sideways.

This stack contains tops I still sorta kinda maybe like. I will put them on a different shelf, with a note on each as to what I think I should do with it. Perhaps that will save me from once again going through that horrible experience of asking, “Self, what were you thinking!?”

Luck and wisdom!

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4 Responses to “One Step Forward, One Step Back, One Step Sideways”

  1. timetowritenow Says:

    Lani, I love it!! I see your stacks of cloth and I shudder because my stacks of books and papers are triple the size of your stacks!! My, my, who has time to organize. I sure don’t. I saw on FB that most creative people aren’t organized so I guess that’s a plus for us.

  2. Jeanbe Says:

    I love the fact that you are so honest and now my tops know they have friends.

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