Another weekend ahead, and I don't know how much sewing I can do; I've got to do some long-neglected bookwork, and once the paperwork is spread out on every available surface there's not much room left for sewing. I probably need a break anyway, I've sewn madly all this year, achieved a lot of finished long-term projects, and it will be therapeutic to put on my accountant's hat for a couple of weeks.
My latest finish is a big one. I ignored everything else yesterday, and used every available moment to sew the Triple Irish Chain into one piece.
I felt triumphant this morning, seeing it hanging up. I'm very pleased with it, and quite chuffed that it lays as flat as a tack, with all those hundreds of seams and itty-bitty squares. It took ages, but it was worth it.
The emphasis this year seems to be on completing things that have been on my list for a very long time; all those ancient UFOs, and now this chain quilt which has been on the to-do list for at least 8 years. How amazing to look at the photo of the antique quilt, and then at my copy, and think, 'I did it! I made it!'
I love that feeling of accomplishment; those three little words are very powerful, like a thumping great pat on the back. I remember my DD as a very small girl, pushing the buttons on the microwave to start things cooking, and her triumphant 'I did it!' afterwards. Kids take such joy in achieving things, I think adults should be more like that, instead of immediately trudging onto the next job on the list. Every time I sit down at the machine to sew now I get that feeling as I hear Beloved humming away; I did it, I fixed her. I finished those UFOs, and this big top. A little bit of quiet elation is in order.
Next on the UFO list are these two tops, only needing borders.
I was stumped over them before, hopefully this time I can dredge up a few ideas. I think I may have to make string borders for the Spiderweb, which will be a lot of work but would fit in well with the centre of the top.
I will let the ideas simmer while I tackle the bookwork.