To a sewer or quilter, starting over is usually not an acceptable option; we rack our brains and try to think of every possible solution to “fix or salvage” a project. However, sometimes there comes a time when you just have to say “enough is enough” and start over.
This past week I had to make that tough decision and scrap my granddaughter’s wedding quilt which I had started. All the fabric had been purchased and those priceless pictures that would be used in the “memory” quilt had been selected. I should have recognized the signs as right off I had problems. After printing the pictures on fabric sheets, they turned out too big for the blocks. Yes, I ran test sheets, but still for some strange reason un-be-known to me, they were too large. So I tossed them (luckily I laid them aside), purchased more sheets of photo fabric (which by the way is not cheap) and re-ran the photos to the correct size.
After sewing the first block together, I decided I needed separation between the pictures and fabric, so I added a 1/2″ flap of complementary fabric around the picture. Much to my dismay, I still wasn’t real happy with it but hubby and friends said, yes they look ok, so onward I went. I should have trusted my gut at this point, but I continued on and made 20 picture blocks! To help break up the blocks, 10 blocks with solid fabric centers (no pictures) were inserted….still something just didn’t look right.
Ok …. what do you see and better yet, what do you not see? When you start laying the blocks out together, the first thing I see…the fabrics are competing not only with the picture but with one another. This is especially true in blocks where the black fabric with hats sits next to the beige fabric with chaps, etc. Next…one of the fabrics sticks out like a sore thumb (the yellow stars or possibly the red), and then most importantly, “where’s the picture”??? Now mind you this is a “memory” quilt of their courtship so pictures are vital in this quilt.
Talk about pulling your hair out….yikes, I was beside myself. In my mind all I could see was this beautiful memory quilt I had completed last year…and now this….what was I thinking. Last year I had made one for her brother and posted pictures here. Immediately I knew what I had to do…I had no other option but to start over and make another quilt. Once the initial shock wore off, I shifted into high gear and went looking for new fabrics. Took me a couple of days but I finally found a good palette of colors to work with…..
Then it hit me…”do I still have those pictures which I printed earlier – the ones that were too large”??? After frantically searching, I finally found them. Talk about luck! Now I’m off to the sewing room….this quilt has to be done by…oh well…it just has to be done soon…then off to my quilter friend so she can add her magic….stay tuned…definitely more to come.