Last January, feeling inspired by the new year, I signed up for a quilt exchange with the LDS Mom's Educational group. I was really looking forward to it. We picked purple as our main color. I chose a paper piecing pattern that looked awesome. I was excited. These were going to be some nice quilt squares.
By June, I was pretty sure I was in trouble. I wasn't anywhere near ready for the deadline. But I was pretty sure that I could get the 9 squares made between our trips and send them out by the end of July. Boy was I glad when the deadline was extended. The paper piecing was a disaster. The square was beautiful, but it was fragile. And it took my Mom and I 3 hours to assemble a single square. Not good.
So I sent in my excuses to the ladies in the group who were amazing. "Don't cry," they said. "Go on vacation and figure it out when you get back." So I went on vacation. And when I got back Mom & I went shopping & I picked up materials for Mom's favorite kind of quilting: strip quilting. But I was so frustrated that I could hardly stand to look at my new quilting toys. So I didn't do a thing with it until the deadline passed. I (re)started my squares the day after the new deadline. (Sorry girls.) And to my intense surprise and pleasure, it was easy and fun! I was nearly done with the whole project when I was swamped by the combination of my sister's wedding and then the holidays. However, the squares are finally done. And I'm happy with them. I'd even do it again. I'm glad that I stuck it out. And many thanks are due to the ladies of the LDS Mom's Ed group for being so patient with me! I'm packaging them up to mail tonight!