I thought I'd be elated when I finally finished the embroidery work around the center of my quilt. I was relieved to be finished, but not exactly elated. Don't get me wrong, I think it's beautiful. I'm just not sure it's 30-hours-worth-of-work beautiful. As I worked on it, half the time I felt like I was setting a good example for my kids about finishing what we start. The other half of the time, I wondered if I was setting a bad example, being too stubborn to scrap what I had invested and start again using a different approach.
Rachel, the creator of the course, offered a simplified version of this border which entailed machine piecing half square triangles and only hand stitching the jewels. If I were to do it again, I'd probably do it this way instead.
Then again, maybe when I get a little more distance from the process, I'll appreciate these stitches more.
Based on the analogy I made here, I promised the kids I'd baked a cake when I finished the border. We later changed our minds in favor of pie. We chose this recipe with this (best ever!) crust. Evie and I painted the crust with melted dark chocolate chips before filling it. It was amazing. Keeping with the spirit of the analogy, we ate the whole pie in one sitting.
Next up for my handstitched class quilt? English paper piecing, all hand pieced.
This time around, I've learned my lesson. I'm going to take my time and not stress about getting it done quickly. (I'm already way behind!) I'm also going to get back to garment sewing, because boy do I miss it.
Happy, happy weekend!