Instead, I have allowed frustrations to take over and make blogging feel like something I couldn't enjoy. This weekend, I decided I was done with that, so forgive me if I get a little wordy. I'll try to keep it brief. :)
First, I have a way of letting things get in the way. You know, that big thing called perfection? Yeah, it's my all-time frenemy, and we have this love-hate thing going on. I remember this book I had as a child called Euphonia and the Flood, and the whole story was about one simple lesson: if a thing is worth doing, it's worth doing well. I didn't really put much thought into it as a kid, but after I entered the wonderful world of adulthood, that phrase has kind of been my yardstick, no matter how important or inconsequential the task at hand.
And that's a good thing. We should always strive to be better in what we do. There is a fine line, however, in trying to do something well, and trying to achieve perfection. My husband constantly reminds me that I should not let perfect get in the way of good. He's constantly reminding me because it is something that consistently prevents me from setting good goals and accomplishing good things.
Like my new website.
Yes, I've got a new website. I've had it since, oh, I'm not sure, maybe the beginning of the year? The technology of the thing has been kicking my butt, though.
That's where I've been falling down. Instead of using the tools at my disposal until I can move over there (say, this blog right here!), I've been fretting over how I can't get this other tool up and running. I have been stuck.
I hate being stuck.
This weekend, to get past this roadblock, I went out and about with the man and took some photos for a new blog post on this old website that works just fine thankyouverymuch. I decided that while I don't like that the new website is not operational yet (no, it's not live, I have to get some more stuff in place before I can do that), I can grin and bear it. Especially when I have so many things to celebrate.
So without further ado, let me share a couple of accomplishments from last week with you.
|Gigantic Hedgehogs! This is for a little boy who I will meet soon. Pattern by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson! I kind of hate that shadow on the right half of the quilt. Must be more observant when I take photos next time!|
|I used various neutrals for the four backgrounds. I'll be making another one of these very soon for a little girl I know!|
|I quilted this on the long arm - a FMQ meandering square for the backgrounds, and an elongated swirl/loop for the hedgehogs themselves.|
|A string quilt. I used so many scraps, but I can't even tell when I look in the scrap bins! (I actually made at least four quilt tops, all from scraps. So why oh why can't I see the difference??) This quilt will be one for Happy Chemo if the dimensions are right. If you haven't joined up and you are a quilter, consider becoming a part of the H2H quilt roundup over at Sarah's blog. She's got a couple of US-based charities, and one from Canada for all our friends north of the border.|
|I used a swirl/hooked swirl to quilt this one. Practicing on the long arm, using some patterns by Angela Walters. I can highly recommend her quilting books. They are very straight-forward and they read just the way she talks on her YouTube videos. She just might be a hero of mine.|
And that about sums it up. I've made some other things since then, but I'll post about them later. Who knows, maybe I'll get some quality time with my favorite IT guy this weekend and he'll help me work on my new website. But for now, I'm not going to let that stop me from moving forward.