I learned an important lesson from my daughter a few nights ago. Look at what you’re doing, before you get too far into it.
I am making a dresden plate quilt. 9 plates. 20 blades per plate – I’m using my AccuQuilt GO! 180 blades needed. I had a 5-pack of fat quarters I was going to use, and pulled the darkest one to save for block centers. Then I found a few more fabrics in my stash to round out the numbers. A green polka dot, a green damask, a tan floral-swirley thing, and a brown plaid.
I sliced 180 pieces, and I sewed. Ironed. Trimmed. Turned and pinned. Pressed. Sorted my 180 blades into 9 block sets, and put them in a bag. Took them to a sit-n-sew, and sewed 5 of them together. (See the finish on my table? That’s 15 years worth of experience showing…)
Nowhere did I lay out my blocks and stand back.
So I showed them to my daughter tonight. She tells me that the brown is too dark. So I look again, from a distance further away than the distance between my head and my sewing machine. She’s right.
(Insert groan here.)
What looked fine in a pile of fabrics looks not-so-fine in the block. Can anyone else see the hands on a clock here? The brown looks like a clock hand to me. And the tan can be another hand. 10 minutes to midnight? (top middle) Gotcha covered. 8:00? top right. But wait…there’s more! Rotate the plate, and the time changes! 11:50 becomes 6:20, just like that!
So…I found another green damask in my stash that works like a champ. So I made the remaining 4 plates with that, and I’m pretty happy.
As for the original 5 plates? Well, let’s just say that my seam ripper and I have a date very soon.
Thanks for reading!