baby quilt approaching completion
i picked a backing fabric and sandwiched the batting (don't you love my highly correct and technical terminology?). I am proud of myself for using (mostly) fabrics that were already in my stash. i did have to buy the hot pink for the stips between blocks. but i squeezed the whole border out of one fat quarter i already had. Then i bought 1 yard for the backing. the quilt is exactly 36" wide, and i should have bought a little more than 1 yard. now i have to use a contrasting fabric for finishing it instead of folding up the backing (which would have been nice and simple).
As for quilting: i wanted to send it away to a really cool long arm quilter that Gina used for one of her quilts. but i am trying to save on ca$h, so i decided to do it on my machine. My sewing machine is 10 yrs old and doesn't lower the feed dogs, so i can't do free motion stitching. I am just doing stitch-in-the-ditch and various geometric (straight line) patterns. I don't love the pattern, but i think it will look cool in the end.
There are a multitide of things "less than perfect" (ok, really screwed up) with this quilt. I can see them all. Mainly, I started this 3+ years ago, and i definitely didn't think through what i was doing before just starting out. the fabrics don't really match each other either. now i've learned better than that. But i don't want to let all the little picky things i don't like about it keep me from finishing it and giving a really nice gift to a really good friend.
So i'm trying to find the balance between "just get the (#$*&%ing thing done" and "make something i am really happy with". Because the former is what my mother always does and i always hated the end product. and the latter is what i want to do, but actually breeds procrastination instead of me completing things. Somewhere in there i know there is a place where my inner perfectionist is happy and yet things Get Done.