Sunday, October 17, 2010

Keeping it real...

Sort of.

Down to making and sewing bindings on three projects. And a little hand stitching. Then some washing, drying, pressing and packing. After my major sleep-in yesterday? I was wide awake at 6:20 this morning. Yup, on a Sunday. So once I got my caffeine levels up, it was time to make some tracks...

Last night, the madman and I basted the baby quilt. I used a new-to-me brand of basting spray. NEVER AGAIN. Everything stuck to everything, and still is. It was like some really bad slapstick. I'll be going back to June Tailor's on my next project. Sullivan's, to me, is like working with superglue in spray form. Gack. (Sorry, Sullivan's. : / )

So this morning, I plopped down to do something I haven't done in many years.

Free-motion quilting.

I went for a meander with some loops in there. By the end my stitches were more even in size, though the design leaves a bit to be desired.

I won't talk about the toenail-catchers, or the tension issues than meant that even though there was no puckering on the back (yay!), there were some serious pulls in my loop stitches.


Because I'm not fixing them. I'm going to bind it, wash and dry it, and mail it.

Ok, before y'all fall over and die in shock and horror, let me explain.

My corners and points don't always match.

My lines and edges are not always straight.

My borders have ripples.

My quilts may have puckers.

I hate ripping out stitches. And if I were being paid for a quilt, you'd be damn sure I'd pick bunches of this apart and start over.

Right now, I have a deadline--this needs to be in the mail on Tuesday, because it needs to get from CT to AZ by Saturday. My cousin's wife-to-be is going to deliver in about a month, and Saturday is the shower. As my husband says, I obviously work better under pressure, because I have a really bad habit of leaving things to the last minute.

My handmade things very often look handmade. And I'm ok with that. I try not to send out things that look like a first grader did them, but I'd like to think that the quilt I am sending out, uneven stitches and all, will keep this little baby just as warm as something bought in a store, one of thousands just like it. I learned from the process, and the next one will be better, though that one will have mistakes, too.

I think some crafters have unrealistic expectations of themselves, ripping and resewing, scrapping and starting over. I don't have the time, the interest or the disposition for it.

I can point you elsewhere if you're looking for perfection, because this isn't the place you'll find it.

But if you're ok with me being human and keeping it real, I'm really happy to have you here.


MandiMade said...

I feel the same way....Sometimes I get upset because I am not a "perfect" quilter. If I spent a lot of time ripping apart little mistakes I would no longer enjoy quilting.

Leah said...

My motto is 'finished is better than perfect' - feel free to borrow it anytime :)

MandMStudio said...

So cute:) I try and make everything perfect but sometimes I just dont have the heart

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

this is beautiful!! i totally agree about not having to be perfect, especially if it's not being sold.

Mystica said...

I am never perfect. I dont do triangular piecing because I am sure it will never join in exactly so I know what you mean. Your work is beautiful and the thought and care that goes into your gifts is the most important thing.

Debby said...

What a great post. I agree with you completely!

And thanks for bringing me to my senses. I have a Coin baby quilt that I started free-motion quilting on last summer. I can't remember exactly why, but I had stopped quilting and started removing some of the stippling and left it hanging on the WIP drying rack for the past year. I've been looking at it for the past week trying to decide how to finish it - remove the stippling and do something else, or continue the stippling.
I think I will finish stippling it!

Vesuviusmama said...

I could have written this post! I'm glad to have found your blog, because we could be soulmates!