Well, despite all the tremendous encouragement and support from all of you, I did not finish "Baltimore Rhapsody" in time to enter it in the Sauder Village Quilt Show in northwest Ohio, which opens next Tuesday. I also will miss this Monday's deadline for registering the quilt for the August AQS show in Grand Rapids.
I am really close to finishing, I feel, so it will be finished soon. It was. maybe, a little unrealistic, considering the other events that were on my calendar (like running a huge fundraiser dinner this past Friday night for my daughter's school music program and all my music responsibilities at the church).
Last week, I broke down the quilting tasks that remained on this clipboard, mostly to help me realize that maybe I was crazy to think I would finish it before Sunday, April 28.
Every time I quilted something, I went over a tally mark with my black pen. Then I started timing how long it took me to do tasks, then multiplied the minutes by the numbers of elements left. Then I stopped with the obsessive marking. Yikes.
I thought that all the cross-hatching was the time-consuming part. Then I started quilting the blocks and swags, and...OMG...all that takes a lot of time.
And all those little creative hand quilting touches are so much more fun when there is not a gun to your head!
I remembered that hand quilting is my therapy...not what PUTS me in therapy.
So, tomorrow I go to drop off my quilt offerings for the Sauder show. I am not going empty-handed, so that is comforting. Was it tough not making my deadline...YOU BET!
I've been so down the last week and sad that I didn't finish, but then I ripped off the Wonder Woman cape and hid it in the back of the closet. One of the quilts I am taking is this one...not exactly "Baltimore Rhapsody, but I am proud of it.
I named it "Folk Art in the Vineyard." The center blocks are from Lori Smith's pattern Folk Art Applique, and I designed and added the two borders. I will post more details and close-ups next time.
Thank you again for cheering me on...it meant so much to read your comments and emails. I really am so lucky to have all of you in my virtual quilting bee!