On Monday I was sick and my one-and-a-half-year-old computer didn't work. I was able to sign in but then the screen turned black. A friend suggested a solution which, after waiting anywhere from two to six hours, seems to work. I turn the computer on in the morning and by late afternoon maybe, just maybe, I'm able to use it. I think I'll try leaving it on tonight.
If you are like me, when one part of your life is out of kilter it's hard to focus on anything else. I use the computer for music in the background, to do research and answer questions, to manage photos, type my journal, email, index for FamilySearch, etc. I stitched some scrappy blocks for another quilt but I had trouble focusing on other things because the computer wasn't working. The computer problem would have been slightly less distracting except that I had some church responsibilities to fulfill. Thank goodness I bought a little tablet at the same time I bought the computer two summers ago. It's not easy to use and it doesn't have my word processing program on it but it was better than nothing.
And now for my finish. This afternoon I chose a border for this Buckeye Beauty quilt and tonight I cut and sewed it. This is a very red/rouge quilt. I like these colors together quite a lot. I think I'll use this color range for another quilt using a different block pattern.
This is an indoor, nighttime, flash photo which makes the border look more pink than it looks in real life. I chose this fabric when I saw the afternoon sun stream in the window today. It looked so welcoming and beautiful.
This border fabric was one I thought I probably wouldn't use when I wrote the last post about this quilt. But thriftiness led me to reconsider it for several reasons. It was a shirt before I cut it apart for the fabric. I was leaning against cutting into yardage (or even half yards) for a border and I didn't want to take the time to cut and piece a scrappy border. Aside from the yardage, this was one of the fabrics that had enough to go all the way around the quilt, or nearly so. (And if it hadn't been quite enough, I would have used the arm or front or back of another similar shirt to make up the lack.) And most of all, I wanted this quilt done and off the floor.
Do you ever push a quilt just to get it finished? Make a quick decision that you hope will be the best one for the quilt without thinking too much about it? If so, do you ever have second thoughts and wonder if you should have taken more time to decide, or wondered if you compromised the integrity of the quilt for the sake of speed? I'm slow at making decisions and wouldn't hesitate to leave a quilt on the floor for a few months (if I didn't have to move it) before deciding on a layout or a border. Sometimes it's a burden to be so indecisive.
What a week it's been. I'm glad it's almost over, but at least there was a finish!
I'm linking this post to
> finish it up Friday at crazy mom quilts
> Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts
> Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? at Confessions of a Fabric Addict