Have you ever wondered? We have a rooster, he was supposed to be a hen, and he lives outside the chicken house. I don’t let him near my girls. He started crowing last month. I had told my DH the day he crows is the day he dies. His name is Rodney so you know how much danger he’s in. Well I just have to laugh everytime he crows. It’s just funny. He has nothing to crow about yet he keeps on crowing. I mean he crows with GUSTO!Right now that’s how I feel about this blog. I have nothin… yet here I crow.
The problem I have with quilt patterns is that you have to follow them. I rarely want my quilt to turn out the exact same as the picture..so I change the colors and borders , and sometimes the only thing the same is the main block pattern. So it’s reasonable that I get confused especially when I don’t write alot of notes. This is where the majority of my mistakes come from.
My current quilt the Pineapple is a perfect example of this. I noticed a mistake in the second row so I ripped it all out then three rows later I noticed I started the first row with the wrong color. That made me ill! At that point I was ready to throw in the towel but I have plowed on. In fact no one would have even known had I kept that to myself. I could have intended it to be that way.
Some mistakes actually change the character of the quilt and this one is just like that.. it’s not bad just different. But, I didn’t plan it so it is still bothering me. And knowing that I wanted it to be different, I’m going to have to make another quilt the way I wanted this one to be. I did that with a bow tie quilt once and I ended up making three of them. It’s one of my favorite blocks now.
This is one of the best parts of quilting. Even your mistakes can be pretty. Rarely does anyone know what you had planned, they only see the results. That’s what keeps me quilting too. Because I make alot of these type of mistakes and I mean ALOT! I wonder if I’m in the minority with this, of all the articles and books I’ve read I haven’t read much about quilts that change as you make them. I seem to write loads about mistakes and learning through them. Just maybe I should try actually following a pattern as it is written? Naw, that’s just not me!
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