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Too Broad, or Too Adventurous or Too Crazy?

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The last couple years my quilting style has been all over the map. I made (or started) a traditional quilt, a collage quilt, a whole cloth, (and have drawn up two more), a couple modern quilts, quilted a vintage quilt, started some English Paper Piecing, started two Needle turn appliqués, and made a couple modern art quilts. I’m wondering if it’s too varied for my brain. I’m a self-doubter ever since I can remember, so this is nothing new. I keep getting the reminder that maybe I need to stick to one genre, but then I see something new I want to try!

Speaking of crazy, I’ve been working on one quilt for over a month. Not the Piecing, just the quilting. The first couple weeks I drew my designs on tracing paper over a printed copy of the quilt, I drew on a photo of the quilt on my iPad, and I drew designs with chalk right on the quilt itself. Everyday I tell myself to just quilt it as I want, to do what I love, but self doubt creeps in and I question my decisions, every one of them.

This picture shows some diy templates I made from foam board. I use these for marking, they’re not thick enough for Longarm rulers.

Many of the sew-lebrities stick to one genre, and really master it. Is that the answer? I don’t feel like I’ve mastered any one type yet. I haven’t gotten bored yet either. What do you think? Do you stay with one type of quilt for an extended period of time, or are you a wanderer like me? What is best if you want to truly master quilting?

I don’t have many quilting pictures to show since I’m keeping my current project under wraps for awhile. The weather here in Montana has been perfect for lots of time spent indoors in my studio. I try to walk every day, even if it’s 15 degrees. I’ve got warm boots, and a super warm down coat.

We’ve had record-breaking snow levels this February, and the deer have been struggling, especially the youngest.

a view of the Yellowstone River from one of our walks.

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and I’d love to hear from you. Do you think it’s best to vary your styles, or master one at a time? And what do you actually do?



  1. Meredith says:

    I’m definitely in the do some of everything camp, not only with my quilting, but with the sheer number of other crafts I do too. I especially love the synergy that comes from this. Some of my favorite projects are the ones where I’ve combined a bit of this with a bit of that, breaking and blurring the boundaries!


  2. Yvonne Richard says:

    Well, Mary,
    If I could do even the one on the far right of your header, I would consider my quilting mastered! Everything is relative. Pleasye no one but yourself. If you find roaming is more fun, then I say go for it!


  3. barbara woods says:

    already followed over


  4. I’m still doing a little bit of everything and feel like I’m competent at most. Mastery to me takes… a long time. 😀 Or a heck of a lot of quilts. All I know is I’m not there yet.


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