I have to make a baby quilt for a cousin’s new baby. Generally, this isn’t a problem. But because I just found out about the new baby two weeks ago, and it’s due this month, I’m feeling stressed. And when I’m stressed I have a hard time making decisions.
I finally grabbed hold of a star fabric I have, figured I’d use it as the background in a star quilt. I finally decided on Lucky Star pattern from Atkinson designs, because it goes together in a snap. I went with blues and greens.
I pulled fabric, and wasn’t in love with it, but started cutting anways. This is what the blocks looked like as I was laying out the scrappy stars –
I’m having a problem with the way I think the blocks will look, but I forge ahead. Everything’s already cut out, so what do I have to lose?
Here’s the first block I almost finished:
I’m feeling better now. Unfortunately, it’s a temporary thing. I’m under an illusion because it just so happens that the first block had blues and greens of similar values.
Because when I get more put together it looks like this:
See the value problem? The lights are too light and the darks are too dark. There’s too much of a ‘gap’ between the shades of blue.
But I’m persistent, and finished it anyways. The top, I mean. I pulled out some of the super-dark and super-light blues, but it’s still too jarring for my taste. I’m really bugged by the ‘missing’ star points. Maybe I could have fixed it by changing out more of the sashing?
So – what do you do with a quilt top that you really don’t like? I’ve been quilting for 15 years and have had some real bloopers – though not one as bad as this in a while. I send them away…which means that I give the top to the Charity table at quilt guild. Someone finishes it, someone gives it away, and someone gets to enjoy it. Maybe I should keep this one around for a while, to see if it bugs me less and I do want to finish it and find it a home on my own.
For the baby? I made another quilt which I like much better. The only thing is, I don’t know if the parents are into pirates. Pirates? I convinced myself that it was OK, because it’s a bigger quilt (40×60 or so), suitable for use into the toddler/preschool years, and what boy doesn’t like pirates?