Mind your Ps and Qs!

I had to wait a full 24 hours before I could find my Ps and Qs to write about this project.  I had to go out and consume some Pints and Quarts to forget about this project.  Me and this project are still not on speaking terms.  This project is such a huge b-word that she takes up two entire letters.  She and I got into a full-on physical battle, and I have to aches and bruises to prove it.  And this morning, when I could barely stand up because I felt like I had done 4,209 squats, I was definitely not “minding my language,” as the expression goes.

This project, I can only imagine, is the equivalent of what a parent must feel towards their child.  A very big commitment, yes, rewarding, sure, mostly a giant pain in the ass, most definitely.  At the moment, the quilt is acting like the bratty teenager who causes irreparable emotional damage without showing any real remorse.  And, if it’s one thing I’ve learned about teenagers, its that it takes a really special one to step up and mend fences.  Therefore, I think I will have to be the one to bite the bullet and make peace.  Sigh.

Patchwork Quilt.  Ugh.  The words still make my upper back/ neck area tense up.  It started out as a fun project.  40% off on materials at the Fabric Outlet on Mission, another awesome Denyse Schmidt pattern, the ambitious confidence that I would be making my first big quilt.  But my eyes were indeed much bigger than my stomach on this one, and three days after I started, I have an aching body and not even a quilt to keep me warm at night.  Perhaps someday, when my knees are healed and I can actually stand up from the sitting position without grimacing, I will forgive this project.  But for now, I’m thinking it’s on to the next letter for some R and R.

Cutting out 48 triangles from 11 inch squares. I should have seen the warning signs.

Triangular torture!

I had to clear out my living room, clean the floor, and buy a yard stick for this part. Check out the "kneeling rug."

These chalk lines were Queen-sized pains in the butt.

This was after 4 hours of NPR programs about the Wikileaks. I may have lost feeling in my lower body, but I am a Wikileaks expert.

I almost poked my eyes out with these curved safety pins.

Why is there no carpet in this house!?!

The one picture I have after doing 3 rows of machine quilting that took approximately 2.5 hours. It was at this point when I decided to go and get drunk.

5 Thoughts on “Mind your Ps and Qs!

  1. libby on July 29, 2010 at 10:17 PM said:

    well, that’s always a solution… the getting drunk part…

  2. Jessi on July 29, 2010 at 11:36 PM said:

    Wow! Impressive. And i love that it is Purple! Go consume a few more Pints…you’ve earned a few days off!

  3. Ashley- I tell my students- Machine Quilting is about the three P’s…… Patience, Practice and Perserverance and a little glass of wine always helps!

  4. aunt patty on July 30, 2010 at 2:07 PM said:

    Yea, it all looks so easy in the pictures – the torture of marking then basting – yuck! I’m always trying to find ways to quilt without marking, at least, but there is no way around basting…… keep at it and you will end up with an actual quilt!

  5. Hey…. You re over the worst bit! the next time you get down to some quilting, you have a ready made bunch of bits to put together. You ve done amazingly to get this far! I remember how tetchy one little simple square made me. Team effort to finish it off?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Post Navigation