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Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Block Swap

I've just about finished the blocks for a swap that I suggested. And I think it may be the last swap in which I ever participate.

It's not that I don't like swaps. I love the idea. But the truth is, I am TERRIBLE at piecing. I thought perhaps I might improve with time, but that doesn't seem to be the case. And it's bad enough when I'm making small quilts to donate to the animal shelter - although cats and dogs don't seem to care what something looks like. But when I have to share my work with other quilters - it's distressing. I've spent what many people might consider an enjoyable day piecing blocks in my sewing room. Instead, I feel upset - my shoulders are tight and tense, and I'm wishing I hadn't suggested the swap in the first place.

I'll finish the blocks, and I'll send them off. And I'll feel like I've accomplished something - as small as it is. But I'm feeling guilty about the quality of my work, and I'll probably post an apology to the group in a day or so.

I guess I should go find some cheese to go with my whine.

Happy quilting.

4 comments:

Catherine said...

I think everyone is a bit apprehensive about sending their blocks in to a swap. Are you perhaps being a bit harsh on yourself?

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

I agree with Cathi...I am sure you are being far too hard on yourself...

pennyquilts said...

I thought I'm hard on myself! You can't be as bad as you think...if the block comes out to the right size, you've done something right:) Maybe you just need some practice - lots of nine patches or hsts. I'd like to see a picture of the block when you're able to show it!

Betweens said...

Quilters are their own worst critic. I am sure your blocks are wonderful and your attitude only shows that you care what you are sending...I have been in many swaps and most of the blocks are exceptional..but I have discontinued cause of the ufo's piling up from them. I need to finish what I have...!! LOL