Fear overcome, the battle was won

Well. Sort of. It’s not perfect but as my sainted mother would say, “only the gods are allowed perfection.” She had a pre-planned mistake in every quilt – well, she told us she planned it and who were we to question Mother?

Before attempting the binding on the quilt, I made some placemats. They’re pretty ugly and too big for the table but they work well under Maverick’s water fountain. Yes, I said fountain. No, he’s not spoiled. Put your judgey eyes back in your head.

I’m a wee tad touchy these days. I need to shop. And get a haircut. My cute pixie cut looks like the pixies got at it with egg beaters.

I digress.

I practiced my mitered corners diligently on those placemats. I watched youtube videos – those people should be locked up for making this stuff look so easy. Here’s a hint. It’s not easy.

Finally I sucked it up. I made the binding. I sewed it onto the quilt. First, I bought this handy little binding tool from Amazon because the nice lady in the Missouri Star Quilt video talked me into it. Seriously. I swear she was talking directly to me. It helped with getting the binding the right length, but did nothing for the corners

Mitered corners were invented by Satan

I ripped the binding off.

I had a shot of Irish Mist and wept a little.

Then I girded my loins – actually, no, I didn’t, I don’t know how to do that, but I’ve always kinda wanted to say that I did – and sewed that bitchin binding back on.

Nope, those corners were not gonna miter. No way, no how.

I had another shot of Irish Mist

I wept a little more

I tore the binding off.

Maverick and I had a long conversation, mostly consisting of me going, “why, why, why????????????” and him going, “shut the hell up, you whiny woman, and give me a treat for listening to you go on and on.”

I finally gave in, threw in the towel, and squared those bloody corners up and sewed that binding down and declared myself the victor.

The baby will never know that those corners were meant to be mitered. The quilt was delivered today – it’s cold and will be for a few days and then it will be hotter than the hubs of hell but hopefully she’ll get to be snuggled in it for a day or two. And by Fall, when this virus nonsense has become a bad memory, I hope to hold her wrapped in it and rock her for just a moment.

the cause of my misery

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14 Responses to Fear overcome, the battle was won

  1. I’ve never paid even a full second to the corners of a quilt to notice if they were mitered or not! What you made is beautiful to the eye and more beautiful because it reflects your heart. Oh, and just FYI, I used to do counted cross stitch and ALWAYS made sure I did one wrong so that no one else’s finished project from the same kit would be just like mine!

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  2. ekurie says:

    I know what mitre corners are, but you know what? I bet no one but you will see. I think it is amazing.

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    • Mitered corners have been the bane of my quilting life. I will conquer them one of these days, I swear! I can get one, maybe two right but then the others just go straight to miter hell.

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  3. Bitey Dog says:

    It looks perfect! You did a wonderful job. This quilt will be a treasured keepsake in your family.

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  4. Been there, done that, understand how you felt.
    So I smiled. (possibly giggled a bit)

    GREAT job! The quilt is SO beautiful!

    Yes, I hope by Fall you can snuggle her in the quilt and enjoy her!

    (((HUGS))) 🙂
    PS… Dogs love to supervise! 😉 😀 Cooper sends Maverick a paw-wave! 🙂

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    • I learned many things from this quilt – number one being that one should never attempt to hand quilt flannel. Maverick’s take on it is, “thank Dog that’s over, she’s been a whiny mess long enough!”

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  5. How are you doing?
    I just wanted to stop by with some ❤ and (((HUGS))) 🙂

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    • thanks
      It’s been a rough couple of days here – I’m just so angry with the way people are acting that I’ve had to take a break from all of it. How are you doing?

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      • I feel the same way you do.
        And I’m so sad and so angry at the way some people are acting. SIGH 😦
        (((HUGS))) and please hang in there, taking one day at a time.

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      • I’m taking some time to learn to machine quilt – nothing major, I’d never do a full quilt that way, but it could fun for some smaller stuff

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      • I’ve attempted both machine and hand quilting.

        When I was teaching Kindergarten and we’d have fund raisers, I would do a machine quilt to auction off. I always had the kids do a quilt square…drawing with fabric crayons on paper and then I’d iron their artwork onto white fabric squares to make the quilt. The kid’s art quilt always got big bids at the auctions for the school. 🙂

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      • I love those kind of quilts! I have a wall hanging done with puppy prints and I want to donate it, but it needs quilted. It may be my first project on the machine.

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