Oct 5, 2010

Hiding behind the Fabric Piles

I have signed up to participate in a local Quilter's Treasure sale. I have way too much fabric. I have way too many books and patterns. I have come to the tough conclusion that I do NOT have the time to ever be able to make, read, dream about it all! I have always lived by the adage: one man's trash is another man's treasure, so off it is going to go- hopefully to a new home where things will get read, used, quilted, loved.
Now I have to deal with the aftermath of tearing things apart- the reorganizing. Urgh. I thought giving things up was hard, this stage of the plan is worse. I still have "too much" and feel as if I should take a tougher stand on several keepers. It's hard. Very hard. But things have to get done, and I'll make the tough decisions, or at least will attempt to!
I did decide to reacquaint myself with my sewing room and sat at the machine last night. I am 9 months behind (how did that happen??) on my Civil War Tribute block of the month from my local quilt shop. Actually, I made the 18" and the 12" blocks for month one some time ago with disastrous results. Both blocks ended up a full inch larger than they should have been. How I did that I have no clue! At the time, I decided to just trim them down, and then was immediately sorry as I would now lose all those points I carefully made. Darn!!
What would you do in a case like that? Are you comfortable in leaving it as is, or (like me) would you decide to seek out replacement fabrics and remake the blocks??
I finally got the final 2 fabrics I needed last Tuesday night, so I decided that I would organize a tad and then treat myself to remaking the 18" sized block #1 again. Success!
I am pleased too say this one came out 99% perfect. I think there will be one iffy point connection when constructing the entire top. I also think it will be barely noticeable, and for an 11pm construction point, I am more than pleased. I think Miss Molly is too- she is quite quick to give her opinions, but I keep her around anyway. Here she is sitting in front of the finished block:

and here is a block close up:

Doesn't look too bad after all. For tonight, the 12 incher is a go.
Happy Stitching.....


Lee Prairie Designs said...

Reward yourself with an ice cream cone!

Your block looks perfect. My goodness you also should pat yourself on the back!!!!

:) Carolyn

Quilts And Pieces said...

Piles? You have piles of quilting stuff? No way......

Cheryl said...

That takes courage. But now there is room for new fabrics. Love the blocks.

Sharon said...

I would have done the same thing you did...remake it! And it looks awesome! Can't wait to see the rest of the quilt, hope you get some time to sew on it today. Have a good one!

Carol said...

Your block looks great. The blocks from Civil War Tribute are some tricky ones for sure. I just finished month 7...make sure to do the alternate block. I've heard that the original block they did is a beast to get together.

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