The sounds of Quilt Doom are playing through my house.
It is the sound of a large fire being stoked high in my fireplace so I can burn My Cup Runneth Over into a smoldering pile of ash and never see this wretched quilt again.
Maybe I should just cut the whole quilt up in pieces and rescue the fabric for another more fortunate project.
Or maybe she's just going to get thrown out in the garbage.
I'm sure you're wondering WHY oh WHY do I want to destroy this quilt?
Well, here's the story:
When I sat down to design this quilt, I started working the way I typically work, designing the goddess's shape, her hair, and of course the water.
I got the outlines of everything in place, but then I stopped, as I have always stopped at this point, got super excited about fabric and creating and didn't finish the quilting design.
I've done this 3 times now with Balance, Life and Fire, and Release Your Light. You might assume I would have learned my lesson by now.
So what did I leave out that was so important???
I left out the quilting design, or more specifically, skipped the process where I look at the different areas of the quilt and create original motifs to fill the area and add dimension to the quilt.
So instead of looking at the goddess's body and deciding to add maybe a vine shape through this area to add more interest, I ran right back to my default: fill it with fillers! (which is synomous with quilt-the-piss-out-of-it).
But this is one quilt that isn't taking my typical 7,000 yards of thread very well.
Welcome to Mistake #2!
A month ago I made another royal bad choice when I decided to create the Most-Complicated-Water-Area-Ever.
Even KNOWING that I was going to cover this area gobs of thread, I still insisted on using 300 little pieces of different colored blue fabric.
I could have just used gradient fabric and saved myself a whole hell of a lot of time!!!
Of course, I couldn't piece this area, so I fused it.
Having never fused before, I didn't realize how long I needed to hold the iron on it to get everything properly fused.
So after basting and quilting the center section, I started to notice some of the water pieces pulling up. Uggh! Uggh! Uggh!
I ironed them back down again, but quilting this section really is a nightmare. I don't like the feeling of the fusible at all. It's too stiff to get a good rhythm going.
Also, all the little pieces have little raw edges which poke out and are driving every obsessive compulsive cell in my body completely crazy. It's not perfect! The stitching looks dirty!
Which leads us to Tragedy #3:
Bad choice of backing fabric. At the last minute, and after one too many glasses of wine, I decided use this light teal instead of the navy blue batik I'd already prepared for the job.
I really can't believe I made this mistake. I KNEW better!
Light threads on dark fabric look a million times better than dark threads on light fabric. Why do you think all of my videos feature white thread on dark purple, blue, or green fabric?
When you use a light fabric as the background with dark thread, the light fabric shows through like little spotlights on all the mistakes.
And of course, since this light teal is on the back of the quilt, every single mistake is now illuminated in loving detail.
Don't believe me? Check out her wobbly chin:
Are you left in any wonder why I want to destroy this quilt so badly???
My personal opinion is 3 strikes = you're out.
It'd be one thing if this quilt was as big as Release Your Light and if I'd put more time into it's creation. After a quilt reaches 65" there's just no choice, I have to finish it.
But this quilt is only 31 x 45 inches and I've learned loads from getting it this far. Rather than bang my head against the wall any longer, I'm calling it quits.
Yes, this happens to the best of us, and you're not alone if you have quilts in your closet you KNOW you will never finished.
The only difference is I'm not willing to fold this up and put it in the closet so it can haunt me another day with pleas to "finish me...finish me...."
Maybe I will finish it. Maybe I'll quilt the rest of it and use it as a teaching tool to show everyone what NOT to do.
Or maybe it will go in the fireplace tonight...(just kidding, I'd never actually burn it in the house).
And while this quilt was a disaster, there is no law that states I can't try it again with different fabric, a revised design, and better game plan!
Let's go quilt!