Thursday, June 11, 2009

7 naughty quilting words that begin with R...

rip repeat re-iron re-measure re-cut re-pin re-stitch
I also thought about calling this post..."Now you see it...
....now you don't!" Or how about "A bad week quilting is still better than a good week at work!"
I had a shoulda, woulda, coulda moment... in that I shoulda remeasured the blocks and sashing and I woulda not had waving sashings and borders and I coulda been done with this top and I'd be quilting it by now. I was just a few basting stitches away from preparing this top for quilting, but I know better that to think that everything can be quilted out. Once I stepped away from the quilt and came back the next morning I knew that had I gone forward with the quilting.... I would have been forever haunted by the waving sashing and borders and the little verse I heard my mother say many times when I was a child...... ALWAYS FINISH If a task is once begun Never leave it till it's done. Be the labor great or small, Do it well or not at all. UNKNOWN I think this little verse will find it's way onto the label that eventually will be stitched onto the back of the finished quilt.

18 comments:

Milah said...

I know your frustration, I once ripped out a full size quilt.;D I have since then chilled out a little and don't fret over a few waves.
I once took a quilt top to be machine quilted and I was pointing out some ripples I was concerned with. The lady laughed and said, "Oh honey, I've seen much much worse." Once it was quilted you couldn't tell. I also learned that after it's washed you don't notice the ripples anymore.

I don't think your quilt looked bad at all, but I'm not you and you have to be happy in the end. Good luck next time around.

Nadine said...

My, Oh My ! My friend, I certainly wouldn't have had your courage and perseverance ! I'm really speechless (Who? Me??? HeeHee) in front of such a perseverance. This gorgeous little quilt looked sooo good and perfect to me as it was! Seeing it made me think : "if only I could make such a beautiful one!"
But you certainly had your own reasons, and my own problem is I'm too easily satisfied, with lack of perseverance... Good lesson to me ;>)
I'll remember that last quote. Actually, I'm going to stitch it, and make a pincushion out of it. Right in front of my eyes!

XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOo
NADINE

Marilyn R said...

You are going to have a sweet little quilt in the end. All of that ripping out of stitches isn't fun, but you are the one that needs to be happy in the end. I love the fabrics that you used!

miniaturequilter said...

Beautiful quilt (or pieces of at the moment!) I went and bought the magazine, I don't have the same fabrics but do have some civil war fabrics that might work. I will remeasure my blocks to be one the safe side, thanks for sharing (I Hate to use the seam ripper!!!)

Carol said...

I love your fabrics...what a beautiful quilt!

Christine said...

Does it help if I tell you that I think it's super cute?

Sheila said...

What a bummer! But good for you....it would have been one of those regrets otherwise. :) And then to publish your mishap for all to see! :) I have been there sister!

MandMStudio said...

I did unquilting this week too:)

Linda said...

How frustrating for you, but the finished top is gorgeous and well worth all that Rrrring.

~Bren~ said...

Ooooo, I hate those r words! The quilt is darling though and your verse is one I plan to borrow and use often!!!! It will be perfect for the label.

Sew Many Ways... said...

The quilt is beautiful and I would have done the same. I think we all unsewn at some point. Once it's back together, you'll say it was worth the extra effort.
Have a great day,
~Karen~

Judy said...

Yep, I agree, I would have done the same thing. Those blocks are so flat and perfect and you would have always looked at them and wished.

Eileen said...

This is very very pretty. Smart thing to redo the borders, even though it was a lot of work. Probably no one would have noticed but you, but it would have always bothered you!
Thanks for the tip about where to find the pattern. I love it!

Rose Marie said...

Oh my .... that was surely an undertaking, but if you are happy now, then it was worth it. Love what you have done, even the before.

Miri said...

I know exactly how you felt...I've gone to sleep trying to persuade myself that "it's okay...good enough", only to wake up the next morning and "bite the bullet" and pick up the ripper. I've always been glad in the end that I did too.One thing, you know how lovely the quilt will be. :)

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Wendy said...

I love your little blocks and choice of fabrics. I'm sure it will be beautiful after you re-stitch!

suz said...

I so understand where you are coming from. I wish I could "live with it" when I'm not totally pleased with something, but the fact is, I see the problem - and I always will. I don't make quilts to go into shows for judging, but I have to be happy with them in the end. I guess that's what really matters. The quilt will be wonderful when you are done - and now it has a story.

Lucia Barros said...

Helo! Thanks to be my follow.
I dont write Inglish well, Sory
But I loved your Blog. This Patchwork is wonderful. Congratulashions
Lucia