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......