Nothing was going right. The fabric was bunching, the lines weren't straight, wrinkles were breaking out into song (as well as dance), and I was tired.
Edit. My brain cried. Edit edit edit. But, but how do you edit a quilt after it's mostly finished? You do so with a feisty little seam ripper named Juanito (more on him later). Juanito the ripper and I worked line by line, seam by seam, feet and feet of string. Used thread is string, right? Anyway. It was going well, it was going to be ok, and then....
...Juanito, we won't blame him. But alas, the rip was still there. Right in the middle of the backing. Short of a patch there was no recovery. I don't cry over these sorts of things anymore, but I would've if I could've. Back to the drawing board.
Use your stash! It's been my motto since early 2015. It's been working so well. Use your stash! But quilt backs take a lot of fabric, and then there's the coordination dilemma. Fabric piles became mountains in my desperate search for something, anything that would work. I had to stay on schedule, I had been working so hard. It was almost time to despair (for fabric isn't as infinite as it seems), and then, a vision. Gorgeous, beautiful blue and red fibers woven together in glorious purple harmony. It was special. It was unique. It would work.
It is so important to get these quilts right. To fill them up with love and send them out into the world to be lived and loved. To be covered in stains, and washed a million times, to be clutched, held close. For this particular quilt, there is still much to be done, but there is hope, and there is Juanito, and there is my glorious purple vision.