Thursday, January 19, 2012

Persevere! (Block the Second)

     Have you ever been working on a project, specifically a quilt block, and you know it is just not going as well as it should be?  What do you do?  Do you stop and pull out your hair the stitches? Do you scrap it and re-cut the whole thing?  Or, do you just "muscle" through it?
     Personally, I'm usually a  muscle through kind of gal and, for the most part, that approach has served me pretty well.  I know in my heart that I don't need a quilt to be perfect, I just need to be pleased with the end result.

    But......the Swoon pattern is made up of just one block made nine times.  Three across, three down, like a tic tac toe board.  So, the center block, to my eye is the most important.  Sort of the focal point of the quilt, and I really wanted it to be perfect.  My first block turned out pretty darn well, so I went into this one with a certain amount of confidence.
     It was when I was about one third of the way through piecing it that my seams started not matching up.  I was paralyzed.  I set it down and walked away from it for nearly two days.  I couldn't decide what to do.  Recut?  I was almost certain that I had neither  the fabric nor  the mental fortitude to take on that task.  I did rip out some seams and re-piece, but I knew in my heart that the trouble occurred long before in  the cutting process (damn those 7/8" measurements).  So, that exercise was just another lesson in futility.
    I whined and moaned about my predicament on Twitter, when Katy, our fearless Swoon-Along leader, told me to muscle through.  She said, "if you do, you will love it in the end, if you re-cut you'll despise it."  That's what I love about Twitter; pearls of wisdom in 140 characters or less.
   So, I know, I know, you can't see the problem areas from the picture.  Thank God for the riot commonly known as Madras.  But, they are certainly there.  It is what it is.  I still think that I will like this as the anchor block in the quilt, but maybe another one will come about that I love more, and this one can be delegated to another spot.  I must remember, I'm not saving lives, I'm not curing cancer, I'm quilting.


PS Remember this fella?

Mr. Awesome Socks
He turns 18 today.  More on him tomorrow.


  1. I have discovered that imperfect blocks when put into a quilt and quilted don't look nearly as imperfect...and only another quilter would notice anyway!

  2. You see that Gene Black guy up there. Let me tell you, that man knows his shizzle.

  3. I love the plaid with the bottle caps! such a great pattern.

    And I love your little boys socks. (my mom says no matter how old I am I am always her little girl. Super sappy I know)

  4. I stumbled across this block on Flickr and I just had to comment here. I love this quilt block with the plaid! I hope you don't mind I pinned it on Pinterest. I have a little boy and someday I would love to make a quilt like this - I never would have thought to use plaid! Can't wait to see the final product!

    1. Hi, Maren! You pinned my block? EEK! That is, without a doubt the most flattering thing that has ever happened to me! Thanks, and I'm glad you liked the block, this quilt has been a real challenge for me, but I love it more every day. Are you Swooning? You should join the fun!