A Saturday Evening Treat And A Project Fail

Yesterday evening there was a beautiful rainbow forming a perfect arch over our garage and the end of the garden. Sometimes they don’t last long so I took a photo on my phone rather than go and search for the ‘proper’ camera.  I couldn’t fit the whole arch in so this is just the first half.

It cheered me up – I was a bit fed up as my recent jelly roll rug project didn’t go to plan.

It was all going so well……

…..and then it all started to go horribly wrong.

Despite taking it over to the ironing board fairly regularly and making sure it was all laying flat, the dreaded waviness had taken over – I think caused by joining the last few rounds too tightly.

I undid the last couple of ‘go rounds’ twice, painstakingly unpicking all those zigzag stitches, and tried to re-do them but I still couldn’t get it to lay flat even after steaming the hell out of it and laying it under a weighted flat board.

So, I decided that life is too short and I could use a smaller rug anyway so I just undid the strips until I reached a point where the rug would lay flat, or flattish.

(Ooh! Bright! This is on my bathroom floor.)

It fits quite well under the little vintage dressing table in the, as yet undecorated, spare bedroom.  (She says to explain the marks on the wall but it is true – we haven’t done much of anything inside the house as yet.)

So all was not lost .

I do have two more jelly rolls in my stash but, although I enjoyed making this (until the last bit) and it’s a new and different project under my belt, I’m not sure I’ll be going there again and, anyway, I had a job even finding a place for this little rug so I don’t need any more.

Anyway, the rainbow was a treat – much deeper in colour than I could capture on my phone – and here’s the other side of it slicing through our old oak tree and dipping down into the field beyond

Have you compromised on a project just to get it done with or are you a determined perfectionist?

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  1. #1 by Wild Daffodil on April 11, 2021 - 11:33

    Gorgeous rainbow pics.
    Many moons ago, before children, I did neat intricate embroidery and patchwork and was a perfectionist-ish – about it.
    Post kids – it has all been slapdash, abstract and get it done! (my kids are all now around 40!)

    • #2 by tialys on April 12, 2021 - 11:24

      Some of the best art is abstract isn’t it? 😁

  2. #3 by claire93 on April 11, 2021 - 11:46

    sorry to read about the end of the rug – although it looks very nice at the size it’s finished up at!
    I always start each new project with optimistic perfectionism . . . and as things progress, and I realise nothing I make will ever be perfect, I just learn to accept the defects and love whatever I’m making inspite of everything ^^

    • #4 by tialys on April 12, 2021 - 11:19

      As is becoming apparent in the responses, that is the attitude most of us have adopted after years of beating ourselves up about not achieving perfection. It’s good to have something to aim for though isn’t it?

  3. #5 by nanacathy2 on April 11, 2021 - 12:01

    It does look rather nice where you have placed it. I have never been a perfectionist. Good enough every time for me.

    • #6 by tialys on April 12, 2021 - 11:14

      Judging by the responses so far it seems most of us aim for perfection but don’t always expect to achieve it and have learned to cope with it if and when it doesn’t happen.

  4. #7 by Laurie Graves on April 11, 2021 - 12:40

    That rainbow must have cheered you up! I am not a crafty person, which means I don’t have projects the way you do. The closest I come is with gardening, and between my own ineptitude and the vagaries of nature, there are plenty of failures.

    • #8 by tialys on April 12, 2021 - 11:06

      Yes, it’s true about gardening. Mr. Tialys has planted some aquilegia seeds which are not doing anything whereas some self seeded ones in the garden are going great guns without any care and attention at all.

      • #9 by Laurie Graves on April 12, 2021 - 17:04

        Life is like that. 😉

  5. #10 by lifebyacompassnotaclock on April 11, 2021 - 13:31

    Oh my that rainbow sure does make my heart sing 🎶…. how I love the way the earth and skies speak to us.
    I love the rug and I’m going to have a go at it one day in the future. I’m a very very new quilter and definitely have many hiccups along the way. In my minds eye I’m a perfectionist but unfortunately it does not progress down to my fingers … thus each quilted project has a personality of its own 😃. I like imperfections coz it makes me aware that even though I strive to be perfect the end result always makes me smile and makes me happy 😊

    • #11 by tialys on April 12, 2021 - 11:02

      Ah yes! You have obviously adopted the ‘concept of imperfection’ and are at perfect ease with it. I am getting there.

  6. #12 by myquiltprojects on April 11, 2021 - 14:19

    I made one of these with no directions. Mine turned into a rug bowl even after ripping out 3 times. Clever you figured out a perfect solution! I wish I was that smart!

    • #13 by tialys on April 12, 2021 - 11:01

      I can easily imagine how that would happen. I did rip out a couple of times but, after that, I thought I’d just go with what laid flat and, as it turned out, it was the right size anyway. I might try a bowl with the leftover strip 😉

  7. #14 by CurlsnSkirls on April 11, 2021 - 17:31

    Dear Lynn, if you’d made it any larger, it wouldn’t have had the perfect placement underneath that charming table. Call it Divine Order or happenstance – sometimes the universe has a different plan from ours. I try to go with that flow, but sometimes it’s hard! 😖

  8. #16 by craftycreeky on April 11, 2021 - 17:52

    This is why I keep procrastinating about doing a rug, I think they’re a lot more difficult they they look, well done for working out a great result! Rainbows always make me smile 🙂

    • #17 by tialys on April 12, 2021 - 10:58

      I think if you master the technique of easing the rounds in as you add them you’d be O.K. but I found it got a lot harder the larger the rug became even though I watched lots of tutorials on how to do it,

  9. #18 by kathyreeves on April 11, 2021 - 20:25

    Beautiful rainbow! Your rug is the perfect size as is. Perfection is sometimes a problem for me, I have been working on embracing the process for years….sometimes it works!

    • #19 by tialys on April 12, 2021 - 10:56

      I feel like embracing the ‘concept of imperfection’ practised by the artists and craftsmen of certain cultures who deliberately introduce a flaw into their work as a nod to the fact that flaws are part of being human. Although their flaws are generally tiny, unnoticeable things and ‘deliberate’ unlike mine. 🤣

      • #20 by kathyreeves on April 12, 2021 - 14:26

        That is an excellent idea. I’ll remember that when I’m working on The Dress, it will keep me calm!😆

  10. #21 by magpiesue on April 11, 2021 - 20:54

    I can well imagine how that rainbow lifted your spirits after the struggle with the rug. Like Kathy, I consider myself a recovering perfectionist. Getting better at it all the time!

    • #22 by tialys on April 12, 2021 - 10:41

      It had become an almost physical struggle towards the end 🙄

  11. #23 by cedar51 on April 12, 2021 - 00:00

    Amazing rug – even if you had many problems at a certain point.

    I often have to compromise. Right now I’m apparently not making an “orange” with maybe some “red/yellow” overtones. I’ve had to created the coloured pages and somehow a lot of them have drifted into purple/red tones. I hadn’t actually made a “this is the cover decision” so maybe I will rethink that when I’ve got some more “papers recoloured”. One of the reasons for the colour drift appears to be I’ve low on paint, not even enough of the 3 primaries. That has meant doing a stocktake of that particular type and it looks like I’ve gotta order in some more!

    • #24 by tialys on April 12, 2021 - 10:40

      Sometimes it’s better to compromise when the alternative is to give up in a fit of pique.

  12. #25 by anne54 on April 12, 2021 - 00:35

    Your little rug looks perfect under the table. (What marks on the walls?) It was a pragmatic choice to end sewing the rug, but you seem to be a perfectionist with other things, like your beautiful garments.

    • #26 by tialys on April 12, 2021 - 10:36

      Well, I might hide the odd dressmaking ‘mishap’ occasionally but nothing too bad otherwise I would never wear it.

  13. #27 by Evie Jones on April 12, 2021 - 09:17

    I’m a reformed perfectionist. Life is just to short. And the wee rug looks like it was made to go in that spot so I’d call this job well done!

    • #28 by tialys on April 12, 2021 - 10:35

      You’re right. When I was looking for somewhere to place it I realised that was the only place it could go anyway.

  14. #29 by tinaor on April 12, 2021 - 09:26

    Love the rainbow and the little rug – don’t beat yourself up about the rug going wrong – it looks great as it is. I am not a perfectionist, though if something goes wrong when crafting it often gets resigned to a WIP pile which eventually is ripped back or binned years later! I really have to be in the mood to correct mistakes, you are great at sorting out this one so quickly!

    • #30 by tialys on April 12, 2021 - 10:34

      Exactly! If I don’t do it straight away it wouldn’t get done.

  15. #31 by DawnGillDesigns on April 12, 2021 - 09:41

    perhaps a basket would be the way to go with them (says the girl who has absolutely NO understanding of sewing!!)

    • #32 by tialys on April 12, 2021 - 10:33

      I think some have done that – and not always intentionally

  16. #33 by katechiconi on April 12, 2021 - 11:43

    As my mother always said: Perfection is for the Almighty. I listened, apparently, since I don’t strive for perfection! However, I do like ‘finished’, or ‘really pretty’ or ‘perfectly fine’. All of which apply beautifully to your gorgeous little rug!

    • #34 by tialys on April 12, 2021 - 11:44

      Aw, thanks Kate. I hope I haven’t put you off eventually trying your own.

      • #35 by katechiconi on April 13, 2021 - 21:41

        No indeed. I hope to stumble on something that’ll motivate you to try again…

      • #36 by tialys on April 15, 2021 - 10:43

        If anyone is able to do that it will be you.

      • #37 by katechiconi on April 15, 2021 - 11:12

        No pressure, then…. 😉

  17. #38 by Nancy on April 15, 2021 - 20:16

    Rainbows are such an unexpected delight. I think your rug looks great! It’s sometimes frustrating to have to undo and redo but sometimes that’s part of the learning process, trying to figure out what went wrong and how to make it right. Sometimes right is just a little smaller. Perfect!

    • #39 by tialys on April 16, 2021 - 09:31

      Thank you, I’m happy with the rug how and where it’s ended up and now I’ve moved on to grappling with some new knitting stitches which are also requiring a bit of ‘undo and redo’.

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