I knew it had to happen eventually. I had been on a good roll with a good attitude, and things going better than planned... and then today came.
Last week I had hoped that I would have a Friday finish with the brand quilt... I realize that was wishful thinking, but, hey, a girl can dream. Right?
After sending off the Cowboy quilt I pulled out the Brand quilt. After outlining the appliqued brands I framed each block and then had the crazy idea that I should learn to quilt in a rope design in the borders. I found a sample of the quilting and I watched some how-to videos and then started practicing with the jig that Dave made me a few months ago.
It has been really handy! After feeling comfortable I moved to a piece that I could practice on. After several attempts, with disgust and frustration, I set it aside and pulled out my Santa Fe Sew Along blocks and the fabric I had selected for cornerstones and sashing strips. This is the best of my practice...
I soon found myself smiling again in finding a way to use the leftovers of the fat quarters I had used for the 12 blocks in a border for the quilt. I have my top assembled! Fabric requirements and cutting instructions are a visual on the horizon... like an early morning dawn on the prairie and the sun slowly rising.
✔At least I can mark that off of my To-Do list.
Back to the Brands... **sigh** I found several other distractions outside of the studio to pass time and avoid the ropes... Eventually, I returned to the rope design again, after seeing where I had made the flaws that prevented it from actually looking like a rope. Only my feeble attempts weren't really any better. Probably because I was still greatly annoyed. And then even more so after telling my husband that I had changed my mind about the ropes and would do something different... he responded with "So, you're going to do something easier?"
Now I am even MORE annoyed! I explained my fear of trying it on the quilt, not being happy with it so much that I HAVE to rip it out... so yes. Yes, I plan to do something easier. He quickly retreated to his shop, as he muttered something about how the rope is still the best option.
Fine... (we all know what that means) I'll go find something else to do until I feel like going back to the ropes. That's where this whiney, pathetic post comes from.
I still want to give up and do a simple braid, but Noooooo! I have another annoyance picking at me and telling me to get back into the studio and try the rope again... again, aaaand yet again, until I am beyond the fear of needing to spend time with Jack.
I know he's right... It really is the best option. Yes, I will tell him that. But not until this annoyance of a quilt is done and delivered.
So the word of the day is "annoyed".
I promise... the next time I am here, I will have a better attitude.
Any tips in turning this stinky attitude around?
Leave a comment... I could use your help! Maybe I need to go clean... the kitchen floor is in need of a mopping. 😣
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