Today I finished the quilt top I started earlier this week. I still need to back it and either tie or quilt it. I leaning toward tying it with buttons, which is a cute and more stylish alternative to traditional tying, in my opinion. Button tying is also faster than quilting it if you don't have a quilting machine. Maybe I'll do some more experimenting with the special quilting foot for my machine and see if I have better success than I did last time.
At this point in the quilting process, I tend to feel really down about it. The colors, the layout, how the entire finished product will look. I'm wondering if anyone will want to buy it, discouraged that it looks much more oriental than Irish, and feeling like I don't ever want to see lime green again (yes, it really is lime green even though this picture looks yellow again; I think the combination of my light and my camera's flash isn't flattering to it).
But, I've learned from previous quilting experiences, when I work on it next time, I will probably have forgotten my "blues" since my ailment is only having looked at it too much today. On the brighter side, I do like how the "pin wheels" turned out, I caught my little mistake in the pattern and corrected it before I was tying it, my corners matched up like never before, and my husband looked up from what he was doing on the computer and proclaimed it to be "cute!". So maybe my quilting world isn't as bleak as I might have thought... ; )
Here is another facet of the bright side. Little Man sat in my lap and watched and played with my pin cushion for a row and a half at once (the long rows). Then he helped again for another half row until he started raining pins down on the floor. ; ) I love doing things with him. Holding him in my lap while I sewed reminded me of when my mom used to hold me while she sewed. Watching the zig-zag stitch was my favorite. I wonder what Little Man will remember when he's a "grown-up"?