The short version:
When everything goes wrong... complain and then go make something else.
The long version:
Unfortunately, I'm talking about the Swoon quilt.
Yes, that swoon quilt. It's a good one, I know. Or at least I thought it was going well until...
** I finished basting and realized that I had made the backing slightly too small.
** I hadn't realized this before because I had not trimmed the backing edges evenly. So, if you measured along the longer side, it was big enough. Bad Rachel.
** In hopes of correcting the small bit of overhang, I moved the quilt top after spray basting. I-yi-yi. Sticky mess. It's pretty hard to recenter a sticky quilt top onto a sticky batting.
** I failed.
** Resigned to fixing the small overhang by enlarging the quilt back, I set off to quilt. But, behold, there were puckers.
** Because I tried to move the spray basted top.
** Did I mention that this was a bad idea?
** Gritting my teeth I pushed through the puckers. I prodded, I pulled, I smoothed and coddled.
** I also decided that a spiral quilt design was far too ambitious on this 80" square quilt in my tiny, tiny sewing machine.
** Which was possibly shrinking.
** And when I finished quilting (phew!), I resolved to restore my affections for the quilt by making my lovely readers a step-by-step binding tutorial as I finished. You know for my binding with the zigzag finish? That finish that had turned out perfectly on the last two quilts I've made?
** The Swoon binding was not perfect.
** I was not shocked.
** I confess I also thought bad thoughts about my book while I bound that quilt. We're all capable of bad thoughts.
** The pictures I took (at night, tsk, tsk) of the Swoon binding also turned out pants. I just deleted them all moments ago.
But, it gets better! Because, I then left the finished quilt in a crumpled mound on my table, like so. I left it there until the following night, when I set it aside with a "hmph" kind of sound. "I finished you. You can't hurt me anymore!" And then I made stars.
And the stars were so nice. They made me smile.
And then, and THEN....
Today I washed and dried the Swoon quilt, and spread it on my bed just to see. And what I saw wasn't the terribly, awful I saw before, but instead something crinkly and nice. I could even see the good done there, for this quilt has been made to bless someone and a blessing it will be indeed.
Tomorrow I'll have lots more pictures of the finished quilt. Today I just wanted to clear the air about the terrible awful part. And, to remind you to always, always make something else!