I can hear a collective groan at the mention of DIET...let alone a Quilter's Diet. And no, I am not suggesting restricting anything...either chocolate or fabric, LOL. But, I am going to share with you one of the adjustments I have made in my quilting life. I love Block of the Month (BOM) programs, kits...and quilts of all kinds and sizes. But, the reality for me is our current house has huge windows on nature and limited wall space. This means any BOM that I signed up for and intended to make had no wall space on which to display my accomplishments. That is when I decided that no one is the boss of me and my BOMs...I'll just make them smaller!!! Hence the Quilter's Diet was born. Twelve block BOMs became nine block BOMs because I had one wall that could display a quilt that size. And with the remaining blocks I can make pillows, table runners or mini quilts.
Then I thought... "Why do I only have to make big quilts to satisfy a quilter's itch?" Maybe the Quilter's Diet could mean a turn back to my history of miniature quilts!! If I see a sweet fabric line that I must have, it doesn't mean I have to always make a big quilt...I can get a taste by making a smaller quilt. Besides, learning new techniques or trying out new tools on smaller quilts is a great way to develop the skills for larger quilts. And after all...diets...all kinds of diets, including a Quilter's Diet, are more successful when followed daily and with the support of those around you.
So, what to do with all those Quilt Diet quilts???
I hang them in groupings! Then I get to enjoy the different techniques that I have successfully executed, the lines of fabric I love, and most of all, I can honestly say...I have been very successful on this diet!!!