The Chequered Flag

And, yes! Heather has roared past the finish line!

Well, I've finished the hand-quilting, anyway. There is still the binding and final wash to go, but that will be SO quick and painless after the quilting. I'll show you a picture tomorrow, it's dark now. 

What prompts this faux excitement is James' question to me as I announced that I was almost finished. He asked if I was thrilled. And while yes, I suppose there was a little flurry of elation to know that I was almost done, the last stitch felt like the first, and all the millions in between.

It reminds me of when I used to run, and did a few 5 and 10 k. races. I was never a competitor, I just ran for myself, and to see the finish line approaching never spurred me on to a glorious final dash. It was just one step after one step after one step, and then I stopped, and had a nice drink of water.

There is a sense of being glad it's over, but there is no grand finale in handwork. I think a button being sewn on has more drama. My pleasure is all in the work itself.

Update: Deb left the most thought-provoking comment on this one, prompting me to ask, "How do YOU feel when you are almost done a piece?"


  1. I never learned "tristesse" in high school french, but a friend explained it to me.

    That's how I feel when I can see the finish line of a piece with a lot of hand work. I start to name the stitches and tell them how wonderful they are.tsk tsk.

  2. Whoa! Good one, Deb!

  3. You are what we call a "process" stitcher - as opposed to a "product" stitcher. I tend to be somewhere between them. I enjoy the process but I'm also glad to be done so I can enjoy the product. Also so I can start something new! I try not to have too many things going at once or they never get finished.

    Can't wait to see the quilt!

  4. Love that quilt. It makes me want to make some blocks and hand-quilt them. And I just finished a couple of intensive days of working on the hand-stitching of a project!

    Most of the time, by the time I finish a project, I'm just ready to be done. I'm happy because it gives me permission to start another project. And then after a day or two I enjoy the piece I finally finished.


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