Three years ago, I took a class and painted a barn quilt.
I was very proud of my work. I brought it home and showed Tu-Na Helper asking him to hang it outside on the house.
Tu-Na Helper: “It won’t last outside.”
Me: “Why not? I used exterior paint.”
Tu-Na Helper: “It wasn’t prepared properly and any rain on it would make those plywood layers peel apart.”
I felt sad. The teacher of the class had provided us with primed 2′ x 2′ plywood boards but the 1/2″ sides were not puttied shut before priming. Even with the primer and several coats of exterior paint on the edges, there were several little holes that remained open. These would be the spots that would allow rain to enter and ruin my work.
So I leaned my beautiful barn quilt against the wall in my entry and forgot about it. During the busyness of life, another item was set in front of it until I could get that item to my daughter-in-law when we would visit them in Michigan.
Months passed and the trip was planned. Right after Tu-Na Helper loaded the car with my daughter-law’s item, I happened to pass by my barn quilt.
What???? How could that have happened? I saw my mistake for the first time. For the next two years, I didn’t know what to do—fix it or leave it. Tu-Na Helper even took the barn quilt to the paint store last year so they could match the paint. He surprised me with the smallest can they could make—a pint.
The barn quilt sat until Sunday when I passed by it and decided it was now or never. It only took me 15 minutes to tape, paint, and dry the wrong sections.
What I Learned Today:
- Stirring that can of one year old paint, took longer than the actual painting over my mistake.
- Mistakes drive me crazy.
- I might as well fix my mistakes right away so I can move on.
- Mistakes are often the cause of my UFOs.
- Fixing a mistake often takes less time than one thinks.
- My sunroom is perfect for taking pictures.
- I love my Jade plant.
Question: Everyone makes mistakes. Do you fix yours? I am much happier when I fix the very obvious ones. Usually, I set aside the mistake. If it still bothers me or I see it when I pick up the project to work on it (or if I remember it), then I need to fix it.
Thanks for stopping by and do come again.
Karen, Tu-Na Quilts