One of the challenges in Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s 15 Minutes of Play is to make the quilt you said you would never make. Well, I’m not promising. But for the record, here are the things I’ve said I’d never do–some that I went on to at least learn how to do.
Embellish: it seemed for a while that embellishment was added because it could be. I didn’t see improvement. Then it began to seem more strategically added. I learned how to add beads. I haven’t used the skill yet, but it isn’t because I can’t.
Applique: As a young quilter I’d tried and seams got bumpy and ugly. I finally attended a workshop, and now I can manage the smooth curves and deep points. If I ever want to, I now can.
Dyeing fabric. There are so many steps to a quilt already, I’m not interested in adding another.
Landscape: I’ve pretty much stayed away from representational designs, choosing instead blocks traditional or modern.
Designs that require paint or pen to finish. Granted, they can end up looking quite realistic and beautiful. But it isn’t a direction that calls me.
Let me say that “I’ll never do it” doesn’t translate into “I don’t like it.” I can appreciate beauty in what others choose to invest their time in without choosing to spend my time that way.
So this record of “quilts I ‘won’t’ make” waits in case I decide to do the challenge.