Nope, I am not happy; and I really am not happy to be writing this post. Those that saw my post on Friday read about my 48 month project. The infamous quilt that has been in the making for way too long. After my post I was inspired to do some marking and wanted to remove them to see what the design would look like. The result has me in tears.
Did I prewash the fabric? Of course. Am I sick to my stomach? The thought of fabric is making me nausea. Have I cursed myself inside and out? A million times over. Were tears shed? Let’s just say I do need to re-stock on tissues.
Just the other day while I was finally motivated to tackle this quilt a friend of mine imparted this thought. She said that maybe this quilt has already provided me with its lesson; she continued by stating that maybe it’s time to let it go and give the top away which would allow me to move on. Her words held some truth to them, as I now believe that this quilt has something unique in store for me.
I have learned many lessons from this quilting disaster. Here are just a couple:
Hand dyed fabric wash repeat, wash, repeat UNTIL the color catchers come out the same color they went in as. What color is that? White!
The ability to salvage this quilt remains uncertain. But rather than allowing my feelings of regret and frustration take over which would normally have me tossing this project aside indefinitely; I have chosen to go move forward and finish what I have started. This UFO is taking me into uncharted territory. Will it ever be show worthy? Again, only time will tell.
If you are interested in joining me on this journey, then stay tuned. I plan on keeping my readers abreast of where this new road takes me. It will definitely include the good, the bad and the ugly. But I have a strange feeling that this quilt will be providing me with several quilting and life lessons that I will be more than happy to share with my fellow quilters. And in the end together we will all see where this project ends up, maybe it’s in a show, or maybe we will find it in the classroom.