Are you like me? When something's right it goes practically unnoticed: everything is as it should be and nothing calls attention to itself. But when something's wrong it stands out like a sore thumb: the furniture askew, the counter covered with crumbs, the crooked painting on the wall, that one weed that was missed. Wrong practically screams at me, "fix me!" When it comes to quilting, my imagination can't get past pins holding fabric shapes in place. It's my misfortune that everything needs to be stitched down before I can see whether it's right or wrong, whether it works or not. Then, when it all works together, I know it when I see it.
I chose the little butterscotch/gold fabric for the centers of the flowers, stitched them down, pressed the block, and took photos. Here it is.
Don't those yellow centers stand out like sore thumbs? The flowers seem say to me, "fix us, please fix us!" I don't know if the color is wrong, the size is wrong, or the shape is wrong, but to me, those centers are like bulls' eyes, drawing my attention directly to them.
I thought little stars would be great in the centers of the flowers but I don't applique well enough, especially tiny pieces like they would need to be, to create and stitch stars. The five-cornered centers seemed like they would be a great substitute. Now I think perhaps not. But maybe the shape's okay and I just need to change the fabric. It's back to the drawing board for me.
To some it may seem like a big deal to unstitch the centers, choose and prepare new ones, and applique them in place, but I've learned that sometimes things don't work as I imagine they will and I have to make changes. For me it's part of the creative process. And I'd rather make the changes before I sew the next border. The less fabric I have to hold while stitching those little centers, the better.
My #bravequilter challenge for June was to applique the pieces onto this 21" x 24" block and keep it flat. I succeeded in those two objectives (even though I will probably unstitch those little butterscotch centers and applique other centers). And I also managed to add one narrow border as a "buffer" between the center and the next wider border--and the block is still flat and square. I call it success. One of these months I won't have to set goals toward bravery!
I'm linking this post to #BraveQuilter Wrap Up Linky for June at Pink Doxies. Thanks for hosting, Julie.
I'm also linking this post to WOW at Esther's Blog and Let's Bee Social #131 at Sew Fresh Quilts.