Following the tutorial (which is great by the way), I started the quilt as you go process. I LOVE THIS! I can see myself doing more quilting as I go!
But then things started to go awry
This little gap meant some seam ripper time.
That was fixed and then I started to notice that my bloom was less bloomy and more log cabiny. It looked like this
It should be like this, so it all looks a little lopsided
What I leaned through this process is that I am not so great at "improv", I am more of a structure kind of girl. This is not bad, it is good to accept who you are. It is a lot easier on your brain :) So I continued on and made my way to the edges of my square. I ended up pulling a lot more fabric to finish off the panel. Not sure if this is because I did not know what I was doing, or because I did not pull enough at the beginning.
Anywho, the square was complete and then I started to notice more "errors".
There was this one, a rogue corner and a whole friggin raw edge that did not get covered
I was not super happy about all of this, but I actually still really love the finished panel, flaws and all
I am going to finish this project and make it into the pillow I dreamed of. It will stay with me. It's bright colors will make me happy, and it's flaws will remind me to SLOW DOWN and enjoy the process. When I get frustrated, stop, take a breath, or have a beer and come back to it.
I will be back to show you the finished product in a couple of days. Have you worked on anything that made you almost crazy but in the end taught you a lesson? Would love to hear about it.
Before I go I would like to say that the tutorial that I followed for this pillow was really great and I would recommend you try it. I am certain that all of my issues are mind alone :)
I'm linking up today at Freshly Pieced.
Talk to you soon!
I know how frustrating it can be when nothing seems to be going your way. I do think the finished panel is fantastic, though! Hopefully the fact that it's a pillow means the raw edge won't be a big deal in terms of how it wears.ReplyDelete
I love when you said, "When I get frustrated, stop, take a breath, or have a beer and come back to it." I definitely need to keep that in mind. I can't stand beer, but if I substitute 'lovely mixed drink' where you said beer, it's perfect! Perhaps I'll mix myself up a drink before I do any more frogging. Maybe then I won't be so grumpy about it.
Thank you so much for sharing. It's a lot easier to share things that are perfect, but I really appreciate seeing the real process. It makes me feel less alone in all of the mistakes that I make.
Thank you for your lovely comment Bobbi. I would be happy with a lovely mixed drink as well :) Nothing of mine is ever perfect, always room to imporve, and sometimes I need to step back and take stock. I quilt for fun, it is my relaxing time. It is ok to not be perfect if you love it. We are never alone out there!Delete
Your pillow is beautiful! And the little "flaws" are not flaws at all, but character! I love that you shared the entire process, "flaws" and all. I try to do that too, because my quilting has lots of character. :)ReplyDelete
"Character", that is a perfect description for most of my projects :) I am going to adopt that. Thanks Connie, in the end I love what I create becase the process does make me happy, even when I have "off" days :)Delete
I second the other commenters and, on top, you took away a lot of lessons from this. Lovely colour combo, too!ReplyDelete
Thank you! I have been quilting for what seems forever, but I am always learning, that's one of the reasons that I like it.Delete
It looks amazing... love the colour selection! I think I have that project pinned too!ReplyDelete
Thanks Jenn. Of course you have this pinned - our brains are connected in some way... I think this type of panel would be good on a bag too...Delete
Beautiful pillow. I can't wait to try this. Thanks for the link to the tutorial. It's a great way to use up those scraps.ReplyDelete
Thank you! Would love to see your finished project :)Delete
Love the color combo! It will make a fabulous pillow!ReplyDelete
Thank you! Happy Colors for sure!Delete
Fabulous colour and I love the finished panel!ReplyDelete
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Thank you Esther, I gave this away as a Creative Pay It forward gift, in the end I figured it could still be loved with all of it's flaws. My friedn got it in the mail today and she LOVES it :) Happy endings all aroundDelete