Last fall I signed up for the Red and White Snowball Challenge and also the Year of Schnibbles. I realized pretty early on that I wasn't going to find the time to work on my snowball quilt. I love the pattern and have all the strips cut to make it someday (and a recipient - I'm making mine blue and white and my daughter is already in love with it). My first dropout.
I kept up with the first 3 Schnibbles quilts, and I really enjoyed making them. I skipped December's because I didn't have the Tuffets pattern, nor did I have the time to make any. When I saw that Madeline was the January Schnibbles, I was excited because I had everything to make it and I really love the pattern.
I've spent most of January working on Toulouse, which I absolutely love. Every step of the way, I have absolutely LOVED working on this quilt. And that feeling - that joyful feeling - is what quilting is all about for me. I work two jobs, have a husband and 3 kids and very limited time in which to sew. So I made the decision that I'm going to quilt for ME, not to be entered in a contest or to try and keep up with the other quilters in Blogland (do you ladies ever sleep???).
I will enjoy seeing everyone else work together and finish their amazing quilts, and will probably have more than a few pangs of envy that I didn't make each month's project, but for me to be happy and fulfilled, I need to work on projects of my choosing, so that's what I intend to do.