When to Cut and Run

I rarely give up on a project. Many times I will finish even if I know I won’t like it. I believe there are things to be learned in those types of experiences. There are times however when I just walk away. This is one of those times.

I purchased this kit for a table runner at the Iowa AQS show last fall.

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I struggled working on it from the start. I bought the kit because I was intrigued by the process and loved the finished project. I just was not enjoying sewing it at all.

This was a living room project so it was slow going since I really spend little time there.

DSCN3870 (640x480)_wmBut I did sew, trim, turn right side out, press and begin the assembly process…

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I wasn’t thrilled about how they were going together. I no longer liked the darker colors.The circles were not all as round as I would have liked. They didn’t meet exactly… I knew if I continued my frustration with the project would mount.DSCN4306 (640x480)_wm

So, I turned them all back to the inside…

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Trimmed them as close as I could to 2 1/2 inches…DSCN4412 (640x480)_wm
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I plan to take them with me camping this weekend to see if I can get a layout I like to make a pieced table runner. I suspect they will end up in my 2 1/2 inch square bin for a scrappy quilt someday.

A friend mentioned that she wasn’t surprised I didn’t like it. Her reason – it was someone else’s design and pattern. I am sure there is truth in that statement that I didn’t realize about myself. I also want to add, it was not the design, pattern or technique, it was just not for me.

So yes, I have learned something from this. This is one of those rare times when I am not going to finish it and I am okay with that.

So how often do you cut your losses and run?

Enjoy the Journey, Jackie

Tomorrow the winner of the 2nd Year Blog Anniversary post will be announced.

  • Susan Owenby

    Frequently! IMHO, anyone that doesnt try things they don’t like can’t really define exactly what they DO. Its all part of the process and everything doesn’t have to be a success. 🙂

  • Diane Rincon

    Many of us must enjoy the process as well as the result. Your project has been re cycled, repurposed, making lemonade from lemons. And yes, I’ve done the same thing, re-ing fabrics, partially done projects, moving along, if slowly.

  • Bonnie Terrey

    Maybe it was the color combination.

  • Rene’ Maloon

    When it isn’t fun anymore, and just like you when you didn’t like the way it was turning out. I can relate.

    • Jackie

      Rene, thanks for stopping by. I really struggle with giving up on a project, but yes you right, when it is no longer fun, it’s time to call it quits.

      Jackie Berdych
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