And I also know very well how it feels when the window is slammed shut, when the initial vision doesn't materialize or is lost, and you are left with a big fabric mess instead of the lovely quilt you had envisioned.
This happens in quilting and in real life.
|The IOP design wall|
This is one of those multi-year adventure projects! I have written over 20 blog posts about it over the past 7 years and tried many incentives to entice myself to finish it. My sister even tried to get me to take it to a quilt retreat and helped me set goals about it. But guess what... I didn't even take the project with me!
Can you say AVOIDANCE!?!?!?
So why is it still not a quilt?
I have finished many, many quilts over the years since I started the IOP.
And still... there it sits taking up space on the design wall.
I loved the pattern years ago and always wanted to make it. I seized the opportunity to take an IOP class and learn the necessary skills.
Every step of making this quilt was really hard, but in retrospect I allowed it to become way harder than it needed to be. Every decision seemed to be the wrong one, and the energy of the project became more and more negative.
I procrastinated working on it because I couldn't figure out what the problem was, let alone how to "fix" it.
So now I have accepted that it will never be fixed. I will never have that amazing quilt that I dreamed about.
It is what it is.
But I'm telling you... this thing is going to be finished come hell or high water! So here it is under the needle again, getting some attention, and progress is being made.
And I still don't like it!