I suspect this blog title has got a few people's attention. But it's exactly how I'm feeling right now as I write.
For me the best parts of making a quilt are: Selecting the fabric, (depending on the design, assembling the quilt top) and then hand sewing on the binding. I like the hand sewing down of the binding because it means I've actually finished and will soon have a quilt to use. The basting is a necessary evil and so is the quilting. If I had unlimited resources and weren't frightened off by all the instructions given by long armed quilters (all that stuff about seams being precisely flat in the same direction and the quilt top squared and trimmed and uncreased blah blah blah) then I would send off my quilts to be long armed quilted. As I do not have unlimited resources, I tend to make quilts of lap size and smaller. Often bemoaning the fact I have no friends or relatives having babies and therefore needing baby quilts.
But then I fell in love with the Colour Brick quilt and finishing up at a, seemingly, manageable 68" x 53" I thought it wouldn't be too much of a challenge to baste and quilt. Oh naive fool that I am. Basting was ok- ish. I opted to baste with safety pins rather than the recommended spray baste, because I have to baste on carpet and there was no way, given my limited floor space, I could see me being able to spray the layers on the washing line and then bring them in, lay them out flat without creases and without covering myself, the carpet and anything else in the vicinity with spray baste.
Susan: Now I know why you refer to certain aspects of quilting as 'wresting a walrus'. Wrestle a Walrus? My colour brick quilt is more like a particularly boisterous baby elephant. I now also understand why wiser folks than I have invested in those rubber glove thingies that help you move the quilt through the machine! Who knew how unwieldy and heavy a quilt is beyond a certain size? (Well, I suspect most people reading this.) My stitching has ended up wonky and uneven to say the least. Don't even suggest I unpick because what would be the point if it ends up looking exactly the same as it did in the first place? And I've every confidence that it will.
So I feel like giving up quilting. Stick to making bags and small items that don't require me to wrestle wild animals...and lose. I will finish my colour brick quilt first. I will show pictures. Pictures taken so far away that you will not be able to see the bad quilting...even if you zoom in.
It does leave me with a dilemma though. I really wanted to make the vintage star quilt I told you about in this post. I even cut the patterned fabric needed to make the huge HST's to make up the star. But now I realise I will not be able to baste a 6' x 6' quilt let alone quilt the damn thing. So what to do for the best? I've got 8 18" squares of precious fabric just begging to be a star.