Perfectionism doesn’t loom large in my quilting ventures. I leave the painstaking handwork for someone else who has more time and a lot more patience, and take every shortcut I can. Why, then, did it take me nearly five years to finish this king-size duvet cover? It’s true, I ran into some technical challenges, such as machine-quilting the borders separately from the center of the quilt, only to find that the quilting process had made the borders shrink and become half an inch too short, which caused a whole cascade of technical problems that took me almost a year to decide how to fix.
“Ripeness is All”
I’ve found ripening to be a necessary process in many areas of life. Bills have to ripen for a while in the “Bills to Pay” file before they’re ready to have checks written and get dropped in the mail. Clothes in the giveaway pile ripen in a heap on the guest room floor before they get crammed into grocery bags and put in the back of the car, and may need another ripening period in the car before they’re ready to actually go to the Goodwill dropoff. This quilt is ripening right now in a garbage bag in the front hall. When I find the right size box to send it off in, it will probably ripen in the box until I realize it’s almost too late for it to arrive by Christmas, at which point I will rush it to the post office.
Can you guess that this ripening process drives my do-it-now husband and older daughter crazy?
And it’s true that sometimes things get overripe. I’ll be lucky if the Day of the Dead skull quilt I’m making for Halloween, out of fabric that has been seasoning in my quilting room since last year, gets finished by Christmas. But eventually it all gets done somehow.