I give up

I unpicked the seam on the kestrel, and very very carefully lined the two halves back up, and pinned and basted it, and checked again that the crucial part of the wing matched properly, and sewed the seam… and it still doesn’t quite line up.  So that’s it.  I’m giving up and accepting the fact that the kestrel is doomed to have a slightly wonky wing.  I just can’t face unpicking it again (and anyway the paper pattern is completely falling apart after being sewn and unpicked and sewn again, so each attempt gets harder to keep accurate).

Sorry about the rubbish photo – I took it late last night when I gave up in frustration.

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  1. Well, if it makes you feel any better… I cannot tell what wonky you are talking about.
    BUT. I know the frustration of not getting something just the way you want it.
    Takes an emotional toll. Sorry….

    1. Yeah, it’s one of those probably nobody will ever notice, but *I* know it’s wrong things. (It’s the top of the left-hand wing – it should be flat along the top, but it’s got that little kink in it where the fabric changes).

  2. oh I hear you on that but it is also part of the integral purpose of quilting, it will NEVER be perfect and we have to accept that. I have recently been dragged into EPP with an addiction to making hexies. Its taking over my life but I love it and goes hand in hand with my absolute devotion to Tula Pink fabrics.

    1. Eeek, EPP! Involves way too much hand sewing for me! (I actually did attempt it once, many many years ago. I think I got two hexagons sewn together before I gave up in disgust.)

  3. I find it very therapeutic and it gives my hands something to do which in turn give s me the patience to watch television. To the point of packing dental floss in my carry on for tomorrow so I have something to cut tread with so I can hexie on the flight 😀

    1. Cross-stitch fills that role for me (well, the watching TV part at least – it’s not so good for taking on planes 🙂 ).
      Have a good trip!

  4. The colors and patterns are very lovely, and the little jigjag is hardly noticeable at all!
    “Slight variations enhance individual character and beauty, and in no way are to be considered flaws or defects.”

  5. Don’t be too hard on yourself- honestly you are probably the only person who will notice (unless you go about pointing it out to everyone !)
    Have you tried ironing that seam open? Sometimes there are points which I swear that I have sewn correctly but which just look wrong when they are finished. In these cases it is sometimes worth ironing the seam open as it just opens the seam up and evens it out (does that make sense?)

    1. Yes, that makes sense – I was wondering if it was something to do with the thickness of the seam, but wasn’t sure what to do about it. Got to be worth a try, anyway!

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