Are you keeping up with the blog tour? Two more stops to go!!! It's gone by so fast, it's been amazing. I was nervous, you know, that kind of nervous feeling you have, when you think no one will come to your party that you worked so hard to prepare? Well, I was a little worried no one would come to my traveling party, but you did, and you have, and everyone is still hanging in there together. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU! I'm so excited for the peeps (thank you Lizzy) that win the fabric, and the books! Are those fat quarters gorgeous or what?
Okay, during the whole interview (x13) process, I had lots of thinking/reflecting time, and one of the things I thought about was my process for making quilts. Where I make them, how I work, shoes/no shoes...shout out to the no shoe sewers! Things that are part of the process to all quilters & makers of stuff. I got to thinking about mistakes - mistakes in judgment, mistakes in work, mistakes in colors; you know mistakes - we all make them.
So, I wanted to share an experience I had, in making one of the quilts for the book (City Circle I believe) since you have said in your tour comments that you want to know more about the process of it all. First, you all know that planning anything on paper, can have relatively little to do with the outcome (quilts, marriage, children...you know). So I planned the quilt, made the blocks, started constructing the quilt, and one of the blocks was wrong...just wrong. It was a green block, and it stuck out like a sore thumb; unfortunately I didn't realize that it didn't work until I had sewn it to all the other blocks...what to do, what to do? Of course, I didn't have time to rip it out, make a new block, and sew it all back together...I just didn't have that kind of time. So, I sat miserably looking at the puke green block, trying to figure out if it was worth it to rip it out, and start over. I must have wasted 30 freaking minutes trying to make a decision. The one thing that went through my mind over and over again was, "how bad will I hate myself, and this quilt if I don't change it?" That was it, that was the deciding factor...I had worked too hard on the whole quilt, to hate it, over one stupid block. This, of course was not the first time I had this kind of incident; and I knew it wouldn't be the last. I decided that I was going to time myself, I was going to time how long it took to remove the block, make a new block, replace the block, and sew everything back. I looked at the clock, and 18 minutes later I was done. 18 minutes - that was all it took to save the quilt, save my sanity, and fix a problem that would have bugged me forever. It was worth it...it was so worth it...best 18 minutes ever! I wasted more time debating, then I did fixing...silly, right?
Moral of the story - if you can't live with it, fix it...just rip it out, get it right, and be happy with the end product.
My 2 cents on that!
Here's a pic of City Lights - strangely it hasn't been in any (many???) of the tour photos - funny since it is the cover of City Quilts.