By Edie McGinnis
I was playing around on Facebook the other day, reading posts from people in a quilting group. Someone had posted a picture of a quilt called Sand Devils she had just finished.
It was one of those photos that I kept coming back to for another look. The quilt was breathtakingly beautiful. It had been made of fabric that used shades of orange and brown. Black was added for emphasis.
The orange colors used in the quilt weren’t the pumpkin, Halloween colors but were toned-down batiks with undertones of browns. I could barely make out the images of wild horses printed in the black fabric.
I was grateful that the woman who posted the picture of her quilt had added the name of the designer as well as the name of the quilt. I was able to Google Sand Devils and go straight to Judy Niemeyer’s Web site and order the pattern. Not only did I order the pattern that made a 54-inch x 70-inch quilt, I also ordered extra foundation patterns so I could make a queen-size quilt for my bed.
A few days later, the pattern arrived in my mailbox. The packet was thick – very thick. But this was a paper-piecing pattern, and I had ordered extras.
I opened the package. I saw the huge stack of papers, and I was overwhelmed. What was I thinking? Do I really have the ability to make this wonderful quilt? I do a pretty decent job of paper piecing, but wow!
My confidence returned as well, and I realized I had made a huge mistake. My mistake was looking at the quilt and pattern as a whole rather than thinking through the process one step at a time. I have a bad habit of jumping too far ahead before I begin, trying to resolve issues that haven’t even happened.
I am all excited about this pattern again. I can’t wait to go to the quilt shop and buy my fabric. I have no doubt that I should keep my seam ripper, Jack, handy because I will probably make some mistakes.
But I know I can do this. I just need to jump in with both feet rather than worrying about how many pages of foundations I have. After all, I only need to do one piece at a time. Who couldn’t manage that?
Edie McGinnis is an author and editor for Kansas City Star Quilts. She writes every Friday.