"Hello, I'm the Calico Quilter and I'm addicted to Block of the Month quilts."
That's what should be happening right now, if there were a twelve step program for overcommitted quilters. Here I am trying to clean up unfinished projects, and what do I do this morning? Innocently, I start a search for free block of the month projects. (How's that for delusion?) What do I find? This.
It's cute and it's free and it would look great made in my collection of batiks. (What else am I going to do with them? Stare at them? Build a shrine for them? I have been too leery of cutting into them. This will force me to look at them as just another fabric - another, gulp, expensive fabric.).
So off I go to the printer for a copy of the fabric requirements, and to the stash closet, to pull the yardage and create a project box, all the while mentally kicking myself and saying "You have no business committing to another BOM. You know how much time it ended up taking last year."
"But," I answered myself sweetly, "that was because I made two of each of them and I'm only going to make one of this one."
"Yes, but this is not the only one you're going to make, I just know it. You've already been skulking around BlockCentral to see if they've posted their 2009 BOM. Besides, you're going to do Quiltville's mystery quilt, and that starts tomorrow."
"This BOM doesn't start until January 15th."
"Completely beside the point. And, didn't I see you printing out the fabric requirements for that other mystery quilt?"
"But it's a small quilt, it will be quick to complete. They said one day if you're a fast sewer. That's for January 1st."
"What about taking the Christmas tree down on January 1st?"
"But it's so pretty. Can't we enjoy it for a while longer?"
"You're hopeless, completely hopeless."
You see? I need to be rescued from myself.