Saturday, June 2, 2018

Star quadrants

There's a self-imposed rule about sewing in this house. I don't sew past 4 p.m. This is partly so I don't push my back muscles too hard (sitting for long periods leaves me in a lot of pain), but also because after 4 p.m., my brain apparently turns into a pumpkin.

I can be having the best sewing day, 4 p.m. hits and things start going sour. Every. Time.

So I really should have stuck to my rule last weekend. It was already 3 p.m. when I started, but I realized the deadline for the Starburst quilt is creeping up. I really needed to get moving on it. I figured I had enough time to sew together one quadrant.  It went together fairly well, so I thought, 'I really should do the other quadrant and sew all four together. It's only 16 more blocks, then three long seams.

I looked at the clock...

It was 3:55 p.m...

...

I thought, 'To heck with it - just get it done. Then you can go shopping for border fabric during the week and finish the whole top next weekend.'

So I sewed. And sewed, and sewed some more. And I got to the point where all four quadrants were done, I just need to sew them together. I laid them all down on the bed in place...
Can you see it?
 I messed up the placement of these two blocks. Total pumpkin brain. They are the same print, but one is a lighter shade background. And it's VERY obvious. And unfortunately, it's not as easy as just ripping that row off and swapping the blocks. I have to rip back almost all the seams, and redo it.

Sigh...

I'll still go shopping for border fabric this week, and I'll probably still be able to get the top done by the end of next weekend... but gee...

Always follow your own rules. And beware the pumpkin brain.

6 comments:

Delighted Hands said...

Sympathies!!!!! A magic wand would've been helpful at this point!!!

Araignee said...

I have had pumpkin brain this week when it comes to the quilts. I have had back issues and a migraine so I know better than to start the free motioning on Daddio's latest work in progress. I also completely screwed up the weaving on the loom and spent last night picking out about 4 inches of work. My brain is fried from all this rain and humidity. I don't have pumpkins, I bet it's mushrooms or some other fungus up there.

chrisknits said...

I don't have rules about time, but about tension. If I am feeling it in my back and arms, stop! It's not going to get better. And usually the tension is there because something isn't working, so it's best to stop and regroup later. Do I follow that rule, nope!

Tired Teacher said...

Been there. . .many, many times, so I know exactly how you feel. Love the star!

Dee said...

ALWAYS follow your rules.

For me ...........do not rip out every project because you are stressed about something else.

Vera said...

Yup...I know pumpkin brain very well. Sorry!!