Sometimes you just need a good seam ripper. Sometimes, it just needs to be done.
I’d made these blocks through Quilt in a Day’s block party. All along, I had a vision, even if my blocks didn’t get the oohs and aahs that some others did during show and tell every month. My vision was to use Sweetwater’s Sunkissed fabric, which I loved, to make the blocks, then set them together with green sashing, then to put on a scrappy outer border.
By the time it came to put everything together, I couldn’t find the solid green that went with the line. So off I went to a LQS, blocks in hand, to find a green. In the shop, with the assistance of the owner and a friend (read here that I’m not solely to blame for my decision) I ended up picking a darker green for the sashing. The green is in the quilt, but it’s not the prevalent green.
So I finished my blocks and put them together. As soon as I started seeing the sashing between the blocks I thought I wasn’t going to love it, but I perservered. Pretty soon I had all the sashing done – and didn’t like it that much.
I left it alone, figuring that it would grow on me. I showed it to a friend – she liked it. My husband liked it. Took it to class, showed it off – they liked it. I even heard comments about the dark sashing really setting things off.
But I still didn’t like it. So off I went to the largest quilt store in the county. They have a ton of solids. They didn’t have *the* solid that came with the Sunkissed line, but I came pretty close to matching it.
Cut a few strips of it, pinned them to the top, and asked my DD/color commentary provider about it. She liked the new green better.
So now I rip it. And rip it. And rip it. I have 40 inches of ripping left to do (the picture is from early last night), then I get to put it back together again. It will probably take me all weekend, but it will be worth it!
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