What would you do if you noticed a mistake that no one else would ever notice on your quilt? What would you do if you don’t like your quilt top after it’s put together? The Surprise quilt along presented a couple of instances where I had to consider whether or not to fix an issue. Or just leave it alone.
Some of the fabrics I used for my little birthday table topper were directional. In one block, one of the pieces went the wrong way but I didn’t notice til the block was sewn together.
Do you see how the multi-colored dots on the piece with the seam ripper do not match the orientation of the piece above it? As you can see I decided to rip it out and turn it around. The 2 pieces are at the top in the picture below.
Much better! It was a pretty easy fix.
In other blocks I cut the pieces wrong and did not have the fabric to re-cut. So they had to stay as is.
I don’t think the direction of the pieces is all that noticeable with these fabrics.
Poor fabric choices
Sometimes what we think will be super cute, turns out to be not-so-much. I think the yellow ribbons work nicely.
The turquoise fabric with the sprinkles is just too busy when paired with the busy “wrapping paper” fabrics. A fabric that reads more as a solid would have been a better choice.
I could have taken the blocks apart and changed the bow fabric. But that would have been a lot of work. I decided to just go with it as is.
Do you remember my fabric pull?
I probably should have stuck with those. But I found the candy/sweets fabric in my stash a while later and liked it so much, I decided to use it instead. I still wanted to use the “happy birthday” fabric as a border around the blocks. When I finished putting the blocks together, the birthday fabric just did not look good as a border. The color and tone was not right.
My friend, Ginny, came to my rescue with a better fabric from her stash. It says happy birthday too. What a great friend! The colors are so much better.
I still am not thrilled with the whole thing. Should I go ahead and quilt it? Or scrap it? What would you do? let me know in the comments.
Quilt Every Day!
by Mary Beth Krapil