I can't really explain the mix of emotions this quilt brings up. I'm overwhelmed by all that's left to do, intimidated by the scope of this project, excited to see her making progress, and even slightly frustrated because after all the work of design and quilting so far, I can still see clearly the places that challenged me. For the first 10 minutes I looked at her, all I saw were the flaws and how much work was left to do.
But then Josh made me feel a million times better by saying "That is hands down, your absolute best quilt ever. I don't think you need to do a thing to it. It's perfect."
Lol. This quilt isn't even halfway finished and my sweet man is totally happy with it? Nice!
I know I'm my worst critic. I know if anyone needs to let me off the hook, it's me. The original Duchess was the same way - a superb challenge and stretch of skill and design. But was she perfect? Absolutely NOT!
So I'm going to leave this up for awhile so I can sort through these emotions. When I take her off the wall, all I want to feel is excitement and enthusiasm for tackling the next step.
Speaking of getting my attitude straight, today I spent some time quilting Express Your Love and found myself dealing with a steady stream of fabric issues.
Puffy batting + dense filler quilting = pleats
Can you spot it? To hide it I usually intentionally tuck the fabric and densely stitch over it so it looks like a pieced seam or odd mark on the fabric. As I posted on Facebook today, this is visible from about 4 inches away, but if you step back 4 feet, you can't see it at all.
But I can't deny this makes me upset. Yes, I was trying something new with this batting so I need to forgive the fact that issues are going to happen. Trying something new and experimenting is always a challenge, and challenges can be a fun way to stretch myself, or they can just be a pain in my butt. It's all about perspective!
I think I'll take some time in the next week to audition some new battings. I've been wanting to do this for awhile, but this experience is definitely reinforcing a lesson I already knew - Don't Guess, TEST!
How do you know what a batting will do when you stitch the snot out of it? Test it and see Leah!
Alright, I've done enough yelling at myself today. I'm going to get back on my machine and drop my funky attitude and just have FUN. That is the whole point, right?!
So what are you up to on this beautiful Friday afternoon? I hope it's something fun!
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