I’m not even watching Wimbledon this year

Good job the floor's clean

Good job the floor’s clean

I wish I had a solution to allowing my creation to fall on the floor while I’m sewing another line to it. Draping it over a chair doesn’t work, but if it’s on the floor, the weight of it pulls it down and drags my sewing line (at least that’s my excuse if it turns out that any of my lines are not dead straight).

The quilt is growing so quickly now; just two more lines and I’ll be on to the border. I have really put the hours in this week. I’ve watched no Swedish crime drama; read none of my Saul Bellow book; watched absolutely no tennis and have even, in writing this list of what I’ve forsaken for quilting, forgotten what I used to do to wind down in the evenings.

I made a galling mistake a couple of nights ago. I was so annoyed about it that I couldn’t post it on here. I have now relaxed about it, realising that the overall quilt design will swallow it up, and can even bring myself to display the horror:

I know. Awful, isn't it?

I know. Awful, isn’t it?

Stupidly, I put together one of the lines of eleven blocks in two halves. I left half for the next day, believing that my elaborate system of pinning would work to remind me which way round to sew the blocks. But, no. What actually happened was that they were all wrong, and this is the result: One large diamond with two of the same pieces of fabric; one large diamond of medium colour value with a triangle of a dark value;  and (I know the poor quality of the photo makes it difficult to see, but) too many areas for my liking where small squares of the same fabric are next to each other.

Now, I know all of that makes my desire for order and my necessity to control the minutiae of my world sound just a little unhealthy, but… No, there is no but.

Anyway, I decided not to unpick eighty-eight inches of stitching and to move on. That’s got to be healthy.

Quilting really is therapy.

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Posted on June 30, 2013, in Jacob's ladder quilt-making and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I hear you, and see you agony, but always move on. There’s a story to be told….

  2. Thanks. Yes, I’ve left that agony behind now that the quilt has grown around the mistake. Absolutely no one is going to notice it. Even though I have publicised it!

  3. That has happened to me on more than one occasion! Haha. I understand. When I started quilting, i used to freak out about stuff like that, but now, I just roll with the punches.

  4. No, it’s not awful. It’s just a character. That’s what I always say to a piece I have an issue with.

    And as for your last sentence I totally agree. Actually I would go as far to say quilting is cheaper than therapy!

  5. OK, Eric, I won’t freak out about it anymore (or ever again!). Yes, Stitches, it is a lot cheaper than therapy generally, although my employer pays for mine…

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