11. Pride

I have a confession to make. I had challenged myself to paper piece every block in this quilt. I had not done that before. When I got to this block, I faltered. I counted the pieces and made a decision: Forget paper piecing, just go for it with shortcuts and fingers crossed. I sewed blue and white strips together, then chopped them into square pairs and built my rows.

You can see that I reaped what I sowed. I am not happy with this block. The squares are all wonky. And I’ll have to tug at it a little to persuade it to be 6.5 inches square when I add the sashing. Paper piecing the other blocks has caused me to expect near-perfection. The points always point, the seams match up, and the squares finish at exactly 6.5 inches. Every time. This is one good reason why it’s worth troubling over the laborious method of paper piecing y’all.

What I want to do more than anything with this block is turn it into a potholder and give myself a do over. But I’m going to leave it.

It will serve as a reminder. I fell short of the goal I set for myself. And I did so early on in the project. Well, I need to just get over myself and move on. It’s just one quilt block. Even though I didn’t meet my self-imposed challenge on this project, there will still be a quilt when it’s done. I will have transformed a bag of scraps into a beautiful keepsake.

There’s a fallacious fact out there that is spread among quilters. It states that the Amish purposefully insert a mistake in their legendary quilts in order to show humility. But think that through – it means that if they don’t make that intentional error, then maybe they would actually achieve quilty perfection. Pride!

The Amish would be the first to say that’s ridiculous. I have Amish friends, and pride is just not in their nature. I would like it also to not be in mine. So I’m keeping this block and cutting myself some slack.

This block is called “Doors and Windows” and goes with Genesis 6 when Noah builds the ark. I chose blue wavy and watery fabric to foreshadow what is to come. When I first read the name of this block, I thought of Julie Andrews as Maria saying, “When the Lord closes a door, somewhere He opens a window”. (The Sound of Music). In that context I think it means that we can make our plans, but God redirects our steps in different, better directions. God closes doors in order to protect His followers. In the context of Genesis 6, I think of how God will close the door of the ark. Then after many dark days, Noah will open a window and see that he survived the storm.


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