Saturday, August 27, 2016

In the stars

Do you read your horoscope?

I do -- I don't guide my behavior or shape my decisions by what I read, it is just for entertainment, in fact, in 30 minutes I've usually forgotten what it said. That is, unless it has suggested doing something I wanted to do anyway: like, "Aquarians, you've been working too hard, take it easy today" or "Aquarians, how about a little indulgence today" or "Aquarians, an outing is what you need."

Then there was this one:

"You could be overwhelmed by everything you need to accomplish.
You might not be in the position to take a break, but you also can't say "no" to a great idea.
Give yourself the space to create more of what you want."

Well, the stars were clearly talking about my struggle with my niece's quilt & everything that has been trying to distract me from finishing it. I can't explain why that quilt has been such an uphill battle, nor why I let the least little thing distract me from it. I finished 2 other tops while working on it! I pulled out some of my oldest UFOs to putter with. And, of course, there were new distractions: a stack of 60s-era samples -- on my shelf for years, suddenly they needed to be sewn up, my box of string scraps that are becoming another milestone birthday quilt, Cherrywood scraps that seem perfect for hummingbird stars, etc, etc, etc.

In spite of the distractions, the plum & gray top WAS finished, the sandwich WAS basted &, after 30 or so hours, the quilting is DONE! I squared it & machined the binding on & am now doing the hand-sewing -- all with several weeks to spare!


O'Quilts said...

You are a saint!! I do not do big quilts anymore...just much more fun to do a lapquilt....I know, I know it was for a special occasion...Now u r done...big congrats!! For focus and will power and more. hugs

Julierose said...

Oh welcome to my world ;000--I am in the midst of my grandson's quilt and ANYTHING I can think of to put off starting to quilt it with my machine (now, why does this happen so often???) takes me away from it.
Maybe because I don't have a single good plan--the strips are all horizontal and I am doing QAYG --two vertical sections...really l o n g ..ack!! Maybe I should hand quilt the thing--but his twin's (Connor) is waiting in the wings--I will not do anymore big quilts after these two...
today is for lotus eaters..I don't want to do much of anything lately...hmmmm, end of summer syndrome??? Anyhoo--sorry for getting off topic...I totally get it...(How to say four words in a whole long paragraph!!) hugs, Julierose

Rachaeldaisy said...

Weeks to spare?! Well done!! It looks wonderful!! I love the photo where it looks as though it goes on forever. I bet you felt like it did halfway through the quilting. The 60's era samples sound rather fabulous!!

Nifty Quilts said...

I definitely agree with the saintly comment! You deserve some inspiration after all that labor of love. Looks like you've got a fun strippy sampler going on there. I've been similarly unable to stick with one thing. Must be in the stars. ; >

Barbara said...

Congratulations on your finish. I'm also an Aquarius. I don't really believe in horoscopes but sometimes they are spot on.

Marie said...

TOTALLY loving what's on your design wall!