Wednesday, November 18, 2009

There May Have Been A Few Victory Laps......

Washed, stretched (because it turns out that among its many other bizarre qualities is a tendency to pucker right after being washed), ironed, and de-furred, the finished bridesmaid's quilt:

So far I have even managed to keep the cats off of it and only laid it out for pictures when I knew they were both snoozing in another room.  

I'm thrilled to have finally finished the thing, and I love the colors.....and my friend is going to be totally and completely surprised when she receives it, being three and a half years later and everything....but I can't say that I'm overly pleased with it.  I made the border too large--even with the embroidery, the back is a different shade of blue than the front because I didn't write down what I bought in the first place and "looks like the same color" is not the same thing as "IS the same color," and the embroidery pattern looped a bit in the back even though the design is one I bought from the sewing machine's manufacturer and for the price should be @*$&% perfect, and now that whole pucker thing.....

---but I am choosing to move on.  Get over it.  Rejoice in its "doneness."  Embrace the 9 yards added to the fabric tally for the year.  Celebrate the dedication that it takes to work on something for THREE AND A HALF YEARS.  Recognize the personal growth that can only be gained through an AFLO (another f------g learning opportunity).  Enjoy that second glass of wine.  Possibly enjoy the third if I don't let it go......

4 comments:

tinebeest said...

rule number 1 of gift-giving: don't tell the recipient what's wrong with it! Chances are, she won't notice :-) And if she does, the fact that it's handmade and has a bit of erm... character and individuality, is exactly what sets it apart from sweatshop manufactured cheapo stuff.

I wouldn't complain if I were the recipient, anyway. It looks lovely!

RobinH said...

The colors are lovely, the border is perfect, only quilters look at the backs of quilts (and in any case the back and front are seldom viewed simultaneously). And you stuck to it for the three years it took to finish! It's beautiful.

*waves of applause, cheering crowds, balloons and confetti!!*

(And *defurred*? Really?! I can only ever achieve 'reduced-fur'.)

toni in florida said...

It's beautiful, so stop talking smack about it or you'll jinx your next project. (Don't want to tick off the FO goddesses, now do you?)

Mandy said...

Well done! Don't be too critical of your work. Your friend will love it.
Any improvements can be used in your next quilt.