I wanted my special project, a quilt for an exhibit that didn't pan out and for the Denver National Quilt Festival, to be perfect. I tried to take my time every step of the way to make sure nothing was rushed and everything was... well, perfect.
Until I got to the free-motion quilting portion.
I was very careful when this segment of the construction began. But my skills just aren't there yet. I've a long, long, long way to go.
I'd wanted to quilt all the free-hand snowflake motifs with metallic thread. After one attempt, that idea went out the window. No regrets. Plain white thread will suit the quilt just fine.
After one attempt at the first free-hand free-motion snowflake motif with metallic thread and the next nine attempts at the first free-hand free-motion snowflake motif with plain white thread, I finally decided perfect can't be the goal anymore or the quilt won't ever get done. I worried I might accidentally rip the fabric if I keep attempting to rip out all the imperfect quilting.
A few tears were shed.
Pick myself up. Dust myself off. Get right back in the saddle. I may be suffering the blues, but blue also is the color of joy.
Okay, this quilt doesn't need to be 100% completely perfect. It needs to be done.
I decided this quilt is still going to be an awesome and unique project, and I will be very proud of it when it's finally done. Perhaps each free-hand free-motion snowflake motif will be a little better than the last, and maybe the quilt, when finished, will document how far I am coming in my pursuit of perfection.
My free-motion quilting perfectly matches my turtle-slow speed on my bike.