Thursday, January 13, 2011

Out Vile Square ~ Out!

Thank you so much for the kind words of support I received yesterday!  It was exactly what I needed to hear and it made me feel like I didn't have to pull that block out of the quilt.  My silly quilting error makes me think I might need some more lighting in my studio LOL!

Last night my youngest son was trying to help me by offering different suggestions as to how I could make the quilt "right" ~ I could sew a piece over the "wrong" fabric (it really sounds as if he was mimicking my words here) ~ I could take the piece out etc.  He was trying so hard to be helpful.  His keen little eyes found the piece quickly in the quilt!  Then this morning ~ the quilt was still on my ironing board ~ when I got up my eyes found that darn piece right away . .  sigh.  Then my husband came over and said "Oh ya you should pull that."  My guys simply confirmed what my gut was telling me all along.  The piece had to go!

So today I got out my seam ripper and frog stitched the little guy right out of there!  Rip-it rip-it rip-it.  I took a big breath in and started to rip.  I did this very slowly and carefully.  Next thing I knew the piece was out.  I took the quilt with a hole to my sewing machine and sewed it in one seam at a time.  Pinning really helped and my stiletto really helped me get those little seams to stay together.  All in all it really only took a few minutes of very slow and careful work but it was less time than I anticipated.  I guess I am just the type of quilter that this sort of thing bothers; and, if it bothered me now it would still bother me later I am sure. 
Here is the newly-corrected block with the correct colour background piece. I really am much happier now with the top again! No harm was done to the integrity of the quilt ~ which is one of the things I was fearing.  I know that some of you are probably shaking your heads right now; but, I really like this quilt and I would hate to see it hung on a hanger and left to sit in the closet because I didn't want to work on it anymore.  I've done that a couple times and I didn't want it to happen again.
The good thing to happen while I was sitting there looking at this top for all this time is that I thought of a way to finish off the piecing!  I've never liked how the pattern just ends and doesn't resolve itself.  It never seemed finished to me.  So I decided that I could complete the patterns with these blocks as a first boarder!  What do you think?  Pretend it is pieced together.  I just did a few of these units to test it out; but, I like that way that it floats the piecing and how it finishes the pattern.  I'll keep this going as a "leaders and enders" project so the quilt won't be finished anytime soon.  I was thinking that a pieced boarder made all out of 2" squares would be good as a finial boarder.  I used the 2" squares to do the center piecing so they should fit in with the quilt well.

Well enough on that!  I feel so much better now that it is corrected ~ but ~ again thank you for your support!  Quilters really are the best.

PS Tonya's Sewing Studio is having a great give-away for a $50.00 gift certificate to CSN!!  You have to hop on over there and check it out!

Happy Quilting!


Unknown said...

ohhhh, I love that quilt, nice

Judy D in WA said...

I think you did the right thing for you and after all, it is your quilt. :) And it is fabulous. I love what you are doing with the border. It's perfect! Just watch out for those sneaky little background pieces...

Cheryl from Dots Charm said...

I think you made the right choice. Every time you looked at the quilt for years to come you would see nothing but that out of place fabric. I know what that's like. I love the way the blocks have come together otherwise. The colors are nice.

Julie B said...

I agree, you did the right thing! If something is bothering you like that and it's the first thing you see when you look at the quilt, then change it just like you did. The time you took to 'fix' it is minuscule to the time you'll spend appreciating it!