Category Archives: Quilts

It’s Done!

Woohoo!  I finished the quilt top!  It was actually much easier going today and I’m really happy with the final results.  Now I just need to decide what kind of border I am going to put on it… :)

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Perseverance – or how to make a quilt from hundreds of triangles

 
Stack of completed blocks

Stack of completed blocks

The dictionary defines perseverance as “the determined continuation of something especially despite difficulties or setbacks.”  I don’t think I have a lot of perseverance, and I think I need some.  Looking back on events in my life, I can see a pattern of giving up too easily, of wishing that problems would go away, of turning my back on things instead of facing troubles and difficulties head on. (placing difficult projects in the “UFO” pile instead of finding a way to finish them).   And inherent in that is the feeling that, somehow, I’ve failed.  And so comes today’s quilt.  Hundred of triangles made from hundreds of squares which I cut years ago and then never put together.   Hours of work put into something that, at the moment, still doesn’t look like something.   Yesterday night as I painstakingly started laying out the triangles to get the perfect colour combinations and started sewing them together one by one, I started thinking “you know, this is hard.  In fact, this is a lot of work, and if I’m going to get these points to match up, it’s going to be even more work.  Maybe this should be one of those projects that just doesn’t get finished…”  And then it happened.  That “aha” moment.  I finished piecing a whole block – and I was amazed.  I actually just stared at it for a few minutes with a “did I just make that?” kind of look.  And just like that, my thinking changed.   I started to think “well, it is going to be a lot of work.  This is the hardest quilt I have ever done, and it’s going to take a lot of time to finish it.  But…..if I get it finished, then I think it is going to be the best quilt I have ever made.”  So I have been persevering.  I kept sewing even after I somehow mixed up the blocks on the sewing table and my carefully laid out triangles ended up on the wrong blocks.  I kept sewing even after sewing a pile of blocks together that I had carefully pinned, only to discover I had run out of bobbin thread three blocks ago.  I have become best friends with my seam ripper.  And now, at the end of the day, I have nine completed blocks stacked where yesterday morning there was only one.  It’s a good feeling to accomplish something difficult, and a lesson in sewing that has really been a lesson in life. 

Quilt in progress

Quilt in progress

 

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