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...or why it takes me so long to accomplish anything.  

I'm working on a long-overdue quilt back - piecing it from scraps, which seems to be the latest "thing" in the quilting world.  Hey, I'm all about saving money and using up scraps, which, in theory, is supposed to thin out one's stash.  However, for my somewhat Type A self, this requires me to exercise the creative side of my brain AND combine it with my  nemesis - math.  Both challenging.  So in my world, this is akin to making two quilt tops: one with a pattern I can follow, which is my preference (the top side), and one without (the back).    

More often than not, since I can't visualize things ahead of time, I put pieces together and then decide it doesn't look "quite" right, and only THEN I can visualize what I should have done differently.  The dilemma - to "unsew" and fix, or decide it is "good enough" for a just a quilt back and move on.  The over-thinking, Type A self says, "Redo it.  You'll never be satisfied with it until you do."  The more lazy (rebellious?) side says, "It is just a quilt back, for Pete's sake!  It's not an heirloom piece.  Let it go.  It is fine!"  That brings me to a standstill until I decide which inner voice is going to prevail.  See why I never get anything done?  


Can anyone else relate?  

PS:  This is all meant in fun.  I have actually finished some projects lately - most less than perfect and perfectly enjoyable.  I don't know why this particular quilt project is taking so long.  

We're having unseasonably warm weather for December.  I'm sure Christmas will be here before I know it!  Hope this finds all of you well.  I miss all the chatter that used to be so prevalent here.  However, I realize I'm one of the last few remaining holdouts who doesn't have facebook.  

And now I'd better get back to my quilt project.  I'm determined to get it done TODAY!

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Comment by Irene Gallway on December 6, 2017 at 5:27am

PQ, I miss the chatter on here also.  I know FB has many of our members.  I'm also on FB but love this site and will continue to stay on and post as long as there is a remnant of people who will participate on posts here on QWU.

I'm glad you posted about using scraps for a backing. I never thought of that but will certainly try it some day. I'm working on an Eleanor Burns Lovers Knot quilt. My aim today is finish the top. All blocks are done, just got to put them together. I'm racing the clock to get it done and out to the long arm quilter.  

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on December 5, 2017 at 6:45pm

Barb:  I'm glad I'm not the only one.  I ended up leaving it as is and chalking it up to a learning experience.  It was just a design issue - not a piecing problem.  

Good rule, by the way.  

Comment by Barb/WI on December 5, 2017 at 5:45pm

Yes, I can relate!  I have really had to talk myself into being less fussy with those quilt backs.  I just ran into this bit of wisdom lately.  "Use the 20/20 rule when quilting.  If your quilt looks good from 20 feet away while you drive by at 20 miles per hour, It's perfect!  Don't change a thing."  I couldn't apply this to a quilt front, but maybe a back?

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on December 5, 2017 at 1:55pm

HI, Janet!  The back is finished.  Yay!  I'm on to pin-basting and will machine quilt this one - again not something in my comfort zone on my domestic machine.  Finished will feel very good.  

I like your overheard comment, and I didn't unsew.  I just went with it.  :)

Comment by Janet/MO on December 5, 2017 at 1:45pm

I was at my Quilts of Valor meeting this morning & heard a perfect comment.  One lady said the only "imperfect quilt" is the one that is not finished.  I thought what a great way to look at this hobby, habit, addiction, etc. etc. etc. of ours.  I have started doing more & more backs with more than 1 fabric as that is quite often a perfect place to use those "less than pretty" fabrics or when you don't really have enough left for a quilt.  Once the quilt is finished & bound, you will look at it & just sigh at how beautiful it is.  Trust me on this!  I too miss all the chatter that used to go on in this forum.  I often wonder what has happened to some of the people we no longer hear from. 

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