Yes, I finished this quilt I began weeks ago. Just this morning, in fact. I try not to leave projects hanging around too long these days — unfinished projects have a tendency to collect dust and then an aura of “this is impossible”. Better to be done, in my book, and move on to the next. So I did the edge-binding, and declared the project done. Shortly, I’ll post it to the Etsy site, but if you’re interested in owning this particular quilt and you want first dibs, make me an offer in the comments.
That said, I’m not entirely happy with this quilt. My momma, who is a pretty skilled artist herself, says that my job as an artist is to create. It’s the critic’s job to note errata and complain, not mine. My job is to make; and the more stuff I make, the better I get. In theory.
I experimented with free-motion quilting for the first time on this project. In general, I like how it came out even though it was mostly just random lines and curves, and not planned at all. I learned a lot about how I have to move, and what the tension settings on my machine have to be, and how fast I’m allowed to move (and how tired my arms get!) I have to adjust the height of my sewing table in order to not kill myself with free-motion quilting.
But it’s not an ideal technique for me. I do better with straight lines and some orderly progression, especially with the set-up I have now for my sewing machine, my sewing table, and the organization of my studio. If this had been a full-sized or larger quilt (e.g., full, queen, or king), I’d have made a real hash of things. So this is telling me that to work on larger projects in a free-motion way, I need a different set-up than I have now. Otherwise, I will make a mess.
There are also some areas of eye lashing (third picture, below). These are the result of tension issues — me moving too fast around a curve, speeding too quickly. Some of these are going to have to get cut out, and re-done. Some of them are now in the quilt for the long-haul, though. I don’t know enough about how to take them out safely and repair those sections.
But this is sort of what I mean by finishing your projects. I could forever assemble and disassemble this one quilt, for ever trying to get it exactly perfect.
But no one benefits from exact, absolute perfection on my part. I mean, one person might — but they might have to wait a decade for the quilt to be done. The kid would be well out of diapers by then.
So, sometimes it’s better to finish, and then correct, than it is to let the thing languish for months or years. It will never be perfect. It might as well be finished. And if the right someone shows up who wants it, warts (or eyelashes and tension issues, in this case) and all, then it’s ready for them, here and now, no waiting.
There is always a child of power and grace coming into the cold and cruel world. The best quilt for that child is the one that’s done and close to hand.