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Have you ever procrastinated on something so long that you were too embarrassed to even tell anyone when you’d finished the project? I do that more often than I care to admit. Part of it is lack of motivation (thanks, depression!) but even when I’m not dealing with depression, I still procrastinate like a mo’ fo’. It just gets completely ridiculous when I’m depressed. Not only did I procrastinate the hell out of writing this post, but I also procrastinated finishing up the subject of this post. So what Herculean task did I have to complete to finish the subject of this blog post?

I had to hand stitch about 24 inches of fabric. That’s right, 2 feet. Two feet of stitching took me NINE MONTHS. It’s embarrassing. F’real. First, I’ll tell you a little bit about this quilt, which I finally sent off to the recipient that has been patiently (like a saint, y’all!) waiting for it for a dumb amount of time, then I’ll talk a little bit more about how I deal, or in this case don’t deal, with my tendency to procrastinate. Man, that sentence is a bit unwieldy. Whoops.

Fun part:

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Ooooooooh, that’s a pretty spiffy quilt, right? I’m a big ol’ White Stripes/Jack White fan. This is my second quilt on that theme and I’m sure there will be another. I used Tula Pink’s Modern Alphabet pattern for the letters. They were fun and easy to piece, and I love the slight obfuscation of the words. You have to work a little bit to read it. For anyone that can’t make out the words, it says:

 

white flowers

cups of

coffee

and love

letters

 

The lyrics are from one of my favorite White Stripes songs, Hand Springs. I chose the colors to represent Jack White’s work in The White Stripes (Hi, Meg. I miss you.), his collaborations with various artists for his label Third Man Records, and his work as a solo artist. Red, yellow, blue, as well as the ubiquitous black. Angela Walters, of Quilting Is My Therapy fame volunteered to quilt it for me. She’s a total rock star, so I told her do whatever she wanted, and I sent along a compilation cd of my favorite Jack tracks to get her in the mood, so to speak. I thought I knew Angela’s style well enough to anticipate somewhat what she would do, but she changed up her usual tone-on-tone thread choices for stark black on white. She posted a sneak peek or two on instagram and they made me a little anxious! It was so different than what I imagined and I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. I do think that what she did was completely appropriate; Jack seems to like to try new things, things that might make him or his fans uncomfortable, for the sake of finding something unexpected and beautiful. Once I received the quilt though, all doubt was removed. I was in love. Seriously, look at this shiz:

 

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She really elevated this simple piece to another level of awesome. I will always be grateful to her for her amazing work. I feel like quite the artist just for having been involved! Ha! Once I received the quilt from Angela, I had to sew on the binding, label, and hanging sleeve. The sleeve is where I ran into those 24 inches of trouble.

 

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Once I fall far behind on a project, it tends to get on top of me and overwhelm me. I try to shove it to the back of my mind and ignore it, but it’s still there, eating away at me. Sometimes I can get myself going by making myself work for 10 minutes, and then I get on a roll and don’t stop. However, the last year has been rough. Part of it is my depression. I’m getting therapy and am slowly improving, but it feels like one step forward and two steps back at times. I have to focus on how far I’ve come, instead of how far I still have to go.

Are you a procrastinator? How do you get yourself going? Let us know in the comments below.

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