It’s true, as much as I would like it to, perfectionism doesn’t suit me. I’m far too human and I’m reminded of that when I pull out some of my older UFO’s.
First though, I finally got my troublesome block tamed. At least as much as I am going to be able to tame it. Here it is, after I attempted to press it into submission. I still love it, but man it was not cooperating.
I really wasn’t sure what to do to make it lie flat…I had taken it apart once before and if you are familiar with paper piecing you know that you have limited attempts before the paper falls apart (or you have to use tape to reinforce the stitching lines). I was hesitant to start tearing it apart again, but I figure this would be the last time that I would tear it apart and that one way or another it was going to work. So, once again I took the pie pieces apart and pinned the heck out of them. I almost wondered if I didn’t use enough pins….
I managed to get the pieces all put together but to my chagrin it still didn’t lie flat. So, again I tried to press it into submission and finally said forget it and put the outside pieces on, pressed it again and called it a day. I think that once the paper comes out it may lie better, but for now the block is complete and I am ready to move on to the next one…
I was actually feeling pretty good about getting this to the end stage that I thought I would choose another UFO to tackle. I’m procrastinating a bit on the two wedding quilts I have yet to complete. Although I do have one of the completed ones on the long arm ready to be quilted this week. Yea!
As I looked through my UFO’s (after all I have a lot to choose from!) I came across this one which I thought would be easy. I thought that I had more blocks to complete and that would be an easy thing to do. Once I got it out I discovered that the blocks were all completed and I have to decide on a setting for them. The fun thing about these blocks is that each block came with block border suggestions. Apparently when I first put things together I was game for the first two to try the suggestions.
This was the first one. It was a block of the month at a local quilt shop that was done in black and white fabrics. Of the two that I completed, this is the one that I like best.
This is the second one.
It’s a little busy and I don’t really care for it. Then I took a look at the rest of the suggestions and I realized that none of them would be terribly easy. The bad thing is that there are no measurements or instructions for the borders so they would each have to be drafted and I just wasn’t feeling up to the task. Instead, I thought it might make more sense to choose one border treatment and use it on each of the blocks. I went with the first one. I looks simple, but if you look closer you can see that it also uses partial seams which I will have to go with to keep things uniform. It won’t be too difficult to do. I just need to get those fun little pinwheels taken off and get the blocks measured and trimmed. I think there will be a couple that will need a little work…they look a bit on the wonky side. Don’t worry, the pinwheels will surely find their way into a doll quilt or something.
Then I am entertaining the thought of putting a little black in between the blocks (after the border). But I think I’m getting ahead of myself. There are a lot of things to do first. I can tell that as I get ready to square up these blocks that some of the points are going to disappear.
I briefly entertained the thought of taking apart better than half of the blocks and then I came to my senses. Of course it isn’t perfect. I started this quilt years ago – at least 10. I’ve learned some things since then. My technique has improved quite a bit since then. To take it apart at this point seems somehow wrong. Looking at it I am reminded that I am human and imperfect. That’s not a bad thing. It helps me to remember that everyone makes mistakes and it also helps to drive me forward and improve as I go. My goal is not to be perfect. That goal is far too lofty and stressful. I am much more content to keep my sights lower by trying harder and learning new things. That is much less stressful and far more manageable.