Anyway, ahem. Ta-da! Look what I finally finished. I don't know why this simple little quilt gave me such fits, but as of now I am over the fits and the complaining and the whining. I promise. I finished up the last two seams this afternoon and breathed a huge sigh of relief. Borders, you ask? Borders? Well, yes there will be borders. Eventually. I checked through the stash this afternoon and I don't have anything big enough, so borders will have to wait until I can get to the quilt shop.
Toward the end, my seam sewing was not of the best. There is more than one intersection that I wouldn't want to have anyone examine too closely. I redid a few, but I decided to just accept a few imperfections on some of the others. It's done. That's all I care about at the moment.
By the way, I really appreciated all the comments I got about my struggles with this one. And I need to say a heartfelt thank you to Homemade Quilts by Granny, (a no-reply blogger) who commented simply, "I like your rail fence don't give up on it." That comment came along just as I was wavering about putting it away for another day. I didn't give up and now I have one less UFO to worry about.
I did quite a bit of straightening up in my sewing room while I was avoiding sewing the rail fence. I have lots of quilting books and magazines and they have overtaken my shelf space. Yesterday I sat down with a stack of magazines that I was saving only for the sake of one or two projects that I thought I might be interested in sewing. I was pulling out the pages for those projects and tossing the rest of the magazines when I came across directions for a doll quilt called Civil War Scraps in an old Fons and Porter magazine. I love the design, and best of all, it's really small. I need something little, something that I can get DONE.
I tossed some fat quarters in the wash last night thinking I could get a start on it today and then sat down to check around the blogs. I was amazed to find A Sentimental Quilter, Kathy Tracy, who is the designer of THIS little quilt and the author of American Doll Quilts, Prairie Children and Their Quilts, and Remembering Adelia.
I did a test block this afternoon.
I am so looking forward to working on this one.