Friday, February 3, 2017

I ran across a saying I had posted some time ago — “If you don’t have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to take it apart and do it right the second time?” I’ve spent the last 2+ days ripping seams in the latest quilt. I even took the black borders off of the sides and will replace them with a wider strip of black before laying it all out and taping down the backing fabric so that it is straight. Then, I’ll layer the batting and quilt top as they should be layered, and pin it down from the center out — taking care not to scooch on the top, which is how I think the top got skewed in the first place.

I’ve got the top pressed and ready to layer, but have to cut the new borders for the backing. My dining room table is a sewing area once more–the kids won’t be coming up again until the 10th — soon after Robert is expected to be released from the hospital.

It’s funny. When we faced the surgery deadline before, we were both very anxious and worried. Once it was canceled, it was like the air being let out of a balloon that we were holding closed. We relaxed and somehow, the thought of the surgery didn’t frighten us at all anymore. Now all we want is for it to be over and done with — truly. So strange..

I had packed an overnight bag for myself and also a bag of sewing to do — hand stitching hexagon pieces together. I watched a woman sewing them while we waited in the Ophthalmologist’s office a couple of months ago and thought to myself what a neat project to take with you when you’re waiting. It’s a nice, mindful task to do that would alternate nicely with reading a good book. I do have a problem with not being able to just sit and do nothing. It has always seemed like a waste of what could be productive time–improving my mind (reading) or by creating something for others (sewing). Even watching t.v. in the evening, I crochet or embroider. (or as in the past two days, picking stitches out of a quilt!)

It feels good to be able to start all over again with the quilt. I think I’ll do a bit of different stitching on this one — haven’t quite laid it out as yet, but will soon enough.

Be safe, be well, and please be happy. If you’re creative and you’re unhappy with something you’ve created, you have a couple of choices — three, actually: 1) give it away so you don’t have to see it again, 2) take it apart and fix it, or if it’s a painting, paint over it and start again, and 3) learn from it — determine exactly what you did wrong and accept that it wasn’t your best and try to correct your next work. Perfection takes time and a lot of bad results until you achieve a mastery of craft that satisfies your inner critic.

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About tehachap

The easiest way to define myself is as a very happily married woman with two sons and two grandsons. My hobbies include reading, writing, sewing, trains (watching, photographing and running them in G scale), and travel. My husband and I are retired and we spend our winters in Arizona. I used to own a secretarial and desktop publishing business, but closed it when my husband retired in 1999. We have truly enjoyed our retirement years, and have fulfilled one of our primary goals in life and that is to own a home overlooking train tracks so we can watch trains 24/7. We are sincerely blessed in this life.
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4 Responses to Friday, February 3, 2017

  1. mageb says:

    We are with you…perhaps not taking out seams. I can’t believe it all had to come out. Give Robert a hug from us.
    Have you ever seen how I put a quilt together? I sweep and mop the garage floor. Lay the back down and use artists tape to tape it to the floor thoroly. Next the batting and more tape, finally the top. I pin it the same way while crawling all over it…..middle out. I must be quite a sight…LOL

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  2. tehachap says:

    I’ve seen your quilts laying on the garage floor. I told Robert I’d be willing to work in the garage as long as I didn’t have to get down on my hands and knees. I think that’s what caused the shifting of the quilt layers. I have it all pinned once more, and it’s ready for the sewing machine. I had wanted to get it finished before Robert’s surgery, but didn’t make it when I had to pull all of the stitches. Arrrgh what a task! Huggers and thanks for thinking positive thoughts for Robert — they worked!

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  3. mageb says:

    And how are you two settling in now at home? I ask humbly.

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    • tehachap says:

      We’re getting there — he’s now able to get out of bed without assistance. Can’t sleep through the night without pain, however, but we’ll get there. I can tell when he needs a pain pill as he loses all color in his face. :/ The kids just left a bit ago — They cooked all the meals this weekend and we were going to go out to breakfast today, but Robert couldn’t handle it so some went and some stayed behind. I cooked breakfast burritos — an easy-peasy meal. Love having everyone — they’re such a help. I need to start writing again! 😉

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