For the past four months, I have been wanted to make an Amish inspired Schoolhouse quilt that I saw in a book. I’ve almost been obsessed with making this quilt! I AM a quilt book junkie, but that is a story for another time. We were right in the middle of our inspired and unplanned quilt sampler and one of the blocks I made for it was a Schoolhouse block. The next thing my wife knew, I was pulling out my purple and black fabrics to start cutting out the pieces for my schoolhouse quilt.
At times I have to work very odd hours, it’s not too often but yesterday I was up working at 3:30am. I work in the IT field and there are a lot of long pauses between when I have to do something. Yesterday morning was no exception, what was the exception was that I continued to cut pieces for my new quilt in between doing what I needed to. By the time 7am rolled around, I had finished all of the paper piecing and the cut out all of the purple pieces.
Later on that day I was able to start the sewing (and Ironing) process that would bring order to the mess of strips I had positioned all over the front room… my wife, still working on our sampler quilt was in the midst of her last two and most difficult blocks. She was really wonderful about me going off the reservation for the day however and only asked one time if I was going to resume my work on the sampler quilt sometime this week. I have promised her that I will but want to get the Schoolhouse blocks sewn up first. I have only two blocks to go for our sampler quilt and we can start the process of sewing it all together.
I think it’s important to DO when inspiration strikes and never pass up an opportunity to have another project in the works. It might make me feel overwhelmed at times, but after it’s all accomplished, I just feel amazed.