...telling me to follow the rules. Because someone else in the history of quilting learned these valuable lessons the hard way before I did. So why oh why did I think I could flaunt the 'quilting laws'? Smugness, hubris, 'this wouldn't happen to me' attitude. Ha!
So lessons learned (again)
- always pin or baste the heck out of the layers
- make sure they are smoothed out and have no lumps (I thought I had)
- never but never start quilting from the side...always start in the middle and work outwards (I knew that)
- listen to that little tiny voice of doubt yelling "STOP"
- be humble, pay attention to the experts
- look at the finished work (it isn't too horrible) as a learning experience and give it to my mother-in-law anyway because she loves me in spite of my many flaws
- start a new quilt immediately, kind of like getting back on the horse after it throws you, and learn from my mistakes.