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For me, the hardest part is making a decision on a pattern and actually making that first cut.  It seems like once that first cut is made, I'm committed, and then things progress.  

I've been dithering over my grandson's train quilt since forever (well, about 2 years now), and I think DD has given up on me ever getting it finished. Just getting it started seemed to be the hurdle.  Of course I didn't have a pattern in mind before I bought the fabric.  I've looked at it and petted it and doodled and drafted (considering my math skills, I use the term loosely), and then set it all aside for another day waiting for inspiration to strike.  I just wanted it to be cute and "just right," but nothing was coming to me.

Today I decided I'd stalled long enough, spending too much time overthinking it, so I just decided to simplify it, hop in and get started.  

It certainly won't be a quilting masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, but it functional, and hopefully much loved.    

The first cut has been made.  

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Comment by Prairie Quilter/NE on February 8, 2017 at 5:49pm

The middle part is done and looks pretty cute for a little boy quilt.  I need to do some figuring - math, ugh - to see where I'm at vs where I want to end up size-wise.  It is coming along, though, and I'm pleased with it so far.  I'll see about getting a picture up soon.  The little guy will be here this weekend, so we'll see if he gives it a preliminary thumbs up.  :D  Thanks for all the encouragement.

Comment by Joan on February 8, 2017 at 11:53am

Well..?  Well?  Fingers tapping, Ha! Ha!

Comment by Gae on February 5, 2017 at 5:28pm

Glad to read you made the first cut!  Think functional is the best choice for a child, save the masterpiece for the wedding quilt!!!!  Please post a photo when the quilt is finished.

Comment by Barb/WI on February 4, 2017 at 1:22pm

Sounds familiar!  But now that you're committed, it will all come together and I am betting it will be super cute.  Be sure to share pictures ☺.

Comment by Joan on February 4, 2017 at 10:38am

P.Q. I know what you mean.  Back in July I decided to buy Lynette Jensen's BOM kit on Craftsy, shove everything else aside since not much was happening, and follow along and just do the quilt to get out of the doldrums.  Ha! Ha! Ha!  Joan just has to reinvent the wheel every durn time!  So last week I needed to cut into the border fabric and ended up having a right brain-left brain collision.  The floral pattern has a 15 inch repeat on WOF and a 12 inch repeat on LOF.  Did I say it's also directional?  No way am I going to get the patterns to match up on all four corners with LOF cuts.  Started looking at pictures and guess what; the corners are draped where you can't see how the match was done.  I think in my whole pile of books and magazines I found one picture of a quilt that has a large floral border and the print flows around the corner of the quilt.  Me thinks it was photo-shopped.  So now here we go again reinventing the wheel!  Still haven't cut the fabric.  But the offending yardage is on the table right now ready for surgery.  I'm warming up the scissors, Ha! Ha! Ha! 

Comment by Barbara Graham on February 3, 2017 at 12:13pm

You go girl! I tend to either jump in without thinking (never a good idea) or worry and fidget for a long time before starting.

Comment by Pam/NY on February 3, 2017 at 7:21am

You better get hustling on that...you have Ian's and the new baby on the way. Should be smoke coming off that machine!!!!

Comment by Peggy Stuart on February 2, 2017 at 8:35pm

I would love to see what you end up with. This was Zachary's baby quilt, and he loves trains still at nearly 5 years old.

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on February 2, 2017 at 7:27pm

Congratulations, PQ, that first cut is the hardest, and you are on your way!  He will love it no matter how much you simplify it.  

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