Monday, October 14, 2013

My Date With the Unpicker.....

I had no idea I was going to spend my Friday and Saturday nights with my unpicker!! 

We spent some quality time together.
I think we actually are forming a really great friendship that wont go away anytime soon.

Haha, just kidding.

I like unpicking, just about as much as I like to clean the toilet. (which it just so happens that I have the greatest husband in the world who always cleans the bathrooms.  In fact, in the 7 years we have been married I don't think I've cleaned a toilet more than 3 times!) 

So back to my relationship with the unpicker:

I am a perfectionist.
I started sewing my trees together for the QAL, and it was really bothering when my trees weren't lining up perfectly.  (This was not because of the tutorial.  The tutorial was very clear.)

I think I might have lost a little bit of sanity over the whole thing.
By the time I sewed them all together,  I was at that beyond caring stage.  So when I sewed my rows together, if they were a tiny bit off I didn't have a cow and unpick everything.  

I tried to tell myself this is supposed to be fun.
  This is supposed to be fun.  
I am having fun, darn it!!

After they were all sewn together, it didn't look half bad! Everything was lined up pretty well, however some of my points were not perfect.  Which is still bugging me as I type this. :)  

I'm trying to let some of that perfectionism go.  
After all, no one is perfect and no quilt is perfect.  

Then I had this grand idea of adding a piano key border with pinwheel cornerstones. 
Pretty sure after that sewing experience my sanity is gone!! 

But I love how it turned out and I'm hoping that the unpicker and I won't have another date night anytime soon! :)

Looking forward to getting this baby quilted up and finished!

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Anonymous said...

I love it.....sorry about the unpicking thing but I think we all have to have that unhappiness....It did turn out really nice I really love the border.....;o)

nettie said...

Hey Lindsey I just left a comment not sure if it put my name with it or not....your loving mother hehehe

Lorna McMahon said...

I am loving that piano key and pinwheel border you added, Lindsey! Perfect compliment to the trees. Congrats on a beautifully finished top!

mylittlecorner said...

I think that it looks lovely well done.

ChristaQuilts said...

I love, love, love how the borders turned out. It was definitely worth the effort.

Sorry you had do do so much frog-stitching though. You know - "rip-it, rip-it"

Get it?? LOL!!

Unknown said...

very nice!! love the border you added!!

Joanie's Trendy Quilts said...

Love love your quilt! I have had a few dates with the frog too. Rip it rip it! Be like the Amish who purposely add a mistake in a quilt!

Joanie's Trendy Quilts said...

Love love your tree quilt! I have a few dates with the frog too! Rip it rip it!

Paula@TheSassyQuilter said...

Well, if anything is off...I can't tell! They look perfect. Love the colors and the border. Several of the girls in my guild have named their seam rippers, figuring they should be on a first name basis:)

Anonymous said...

It looks great! I do understand that battle between unpicking the imperfect and trying to let imperfection go. I though that as I improved at quilting, I'd need that seam ripper less, but it hasn't happened.

Anonymous said...

I love your Christmas tree quilt! Once it is quilted and washed, you won't even see the little imperfections that mark it as handmade.

Pomegranate Quilts said...

Beautiful quilt. I am loving that light light grey you used, it just lifts the whole quilt. Great job!

Unknown said...

What a beautiful color choice! I love this quilt!

Sewing Mom said...

Oh, I hate the 'unpicker'!!! Not nice, but helpful, I guess.

The top looks amazing...I'm sure it'll all be worth it in the end.

Beth said...

Love it! I too often have to use the seem ripper. All of it looks beautiful! Love the border.

Kirsten said...

Your trees are looking lovely - really like the border too!

Anonymous said...

What a fantastic tree quilt. You did a great job. We are always far too critical of our own work. Just enjoy the journey. WIP Wednesday. Have a great day Marie (

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

What a beautiful quilt top and seems to be something I do a lot of too! Thanks for sharing.
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Staci said...

This is really darling--you made an awesome little quilt!