Monday, March 24, 2014

Novice Quilt, New Eyes

The reason I shouldn't leave a quilt top too long between finishing it and layering and quilting it is this:  I notice all the problems and begin to reevaluate and reconsider.  If I think too long I'll have the whole quilt taken apart and redone. 

I see more obviously the side setting triangles and ...

... corner triangles that don't line up.

On the shortest pieces at the seams there is not a quarter inch to be sewn.  If I pretend there's no problem and sew the edges, the corners of some squares will be cut off.  I'm debating with myself whether to rip out and restitch those seams or chalk them up to inexperience and consider them "character."

This is the first quilt I set on-point -- made about 7 or so years ago.  Somehow, I think this will be a bear to quilt.  Even so, I'm eager to get it layered (though I still have to choose a backing) so I can have something to quilt.  I'm at loose ends with nothing to do with my hands when I'm sitting talking to my husband or watching TV.

Do you ever look at your earlier, unquilted tops and decide to make changes to them?

I'm linking this post to WOW = WIPs on Wednesday at Esther's Blog and to W.i.P. Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.  Thank you, ladies, for hosting.

Happy quilting!

P.S.  I'm just remembering that this quilt was inspired by a series of quilts by Nadi Lane called "She Did the Best She Could."  Maybe (maybe?) I should just take the title as a lesson and leave the quilt alone.  Maybe she had a challenge with the triangles, too. 


  1. I wouldn't re-do something unless it is necessary to hold the quilt together. Just appreciate the progress you have made. It's a great quilt top!

  2. I wouldn't redo it either, but I understand your feelings. It's a bit like the "love/hate" relationship I have with block of the month projects. It seems like I learn so much throughout the year and my skills grow so that by the end I'm not as happy with the first blocks of the year as I was when I first made them!

  3. Such a lovely quilt! It reminds me so much of the floor tiles in cathedrals and grand, old houses here. It is frustrating to lose some of your corners...I have a similar issue, but cannot work out what I've done wrong! The day I produce something perfect, I think I'll die of shock!

  4. Oh, it is just beautiful. Finish it up, chopping off corners if you have to. That is a quilt that is dying to be used and loved!

  5. Don't redo it. We're not machines and not everything has to be perfect

  6. I wouldn't redo it, it's lovely as is! Nothing handmade is perfect and that's what makes it special!

  7. Nancy, all the time! This is why WIPs are so dangerous, it's not just the work you need to do in order to finish the WIP, there's always the problem oh how much you've learnt or changed since you started it. Well this is always a problem for me anyhow. I know exactly how you feel.

    All I can give you is my opinion, I would say, don't redo it. Accept it for what it is (and it is a stunning quilt) and move on. Let it be loved, it's stunning, don't obsess over these minor details.

    Good luck!

  8. Thank you, ladies, for your encouragement to leave the quilt as it is and not redo it. I appreciate all of you taking the time to read the post and leave comments.


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