I had the best of intentions, honest. But when I sat down to work on the older projects I just wanted to pull my hair out! Let me back up a bit, and tell you a darling story.
Once upon a time, there was a sweet little quilter just starting out. She didn't quite know what she was doing so off she went, consulting the Google at every turn. A list of supplies, blogs, tutorials to read, and a machine - the girl was all set.
Sadly though, her new crafty love was relegated to a small card table in the corner of her bedroom. On this card table sat the cutting mat and sewing machine. They would doe see doe when one was needed. After a while, the girl was having issues with her projects. No matter how many times she checked and rechecked, her strips weren't straight. She was using all the right tools and holding rulers the right way, but nothing came out straight. The girl even tried sewing with out wine! She persevered and made it work.
Then one day she had a realization, a moment of clarity so painful and obvious it could only compare to stepping on a Lego.
The $&@#^ing table was bowed! The weight of the machine and pressing down on the card table had made the damn thing bow in ever so slightly. Realizing the cause of her cutting despair, the girl moved the mat to the floor and never had a problem again.
Let's just say, the birthday fabric pieces were cut pre realization.
Now what did I do with that bottle opener.....