Finishing a quilt is always a good feeling!
Finally seeing the end product of all those hours of planning and sewing, seeing how the vision came together, knowing that it's going to be wonderful to admire it hanging on the wall or snuggling up underneath it; there's a great feeling of satisfaction in that.
Finishing this quilt was also a good feeling, but not for the reasons mentioned above. It's simply good to have it done and not have to fret about it any more. This quilt is all about bad fabric choices & not listening to what little voice in my head telling me. This one is all about lessons learned the hard way.
Here it is, finished at last, my Swoon Quilt.
I love love love the pattern, and I still do. I have to admit though, I did not enjoy making it. Cutting it out is a real nail biter! There is absolutely no wiggle room and one goof can mean disaster. Assembling the blocks wasn't fun, either. I can't really explain why, but it felt like chores instead of quilting. I am thankful there are only 9 blocks!
Now, the blocks sew up very nicely. The instructions are good, and my blocks came out spot on for size and squareness (that's a thing, right???). My problems with this quilt were not technical.
My problem lies in my fabric choices. I used Happy Go Lucky, designed by Bonnie and Camille for Moda. I fell in love with it at first sight and decided to go with a grey, aqua and orange color combination, with an aqua microdot print for my background. It reads as a solid from a distance. I became really intent on using the prints only one time--so intent I refused to listen to my little inner voice telling me some of these blocks were not working--there was not enough contrast.
Some of the blocks, like these, came out really nice! (of course there is no sun when I can actually corral two people to hold the quilt for photos)
Some came out kinda blah, so-so, not horrible, but not actually good either.
But do look at how nicely the quilting looks! The long arm quilter did a lovely job on it.
And then there are these, I knew they didn't work, but I persisted. The center stars disappear into the background due to lack of contrast.
Here's the top on the design wall. I should have listened to myself and made at least 3 of these blocks over again, but honestly I was so tired of it all I just wanted it finished and off the To Do List.
This quilt was made with the intention of giving it as a gift, but it turned out so poorly I was too embarrassed to send it. Don't actually know what I'll do with it yet.
Pattern: Swoon from Camille Roskelley
Fabric: Happy Go Lucky from Bonnie and Camille
Quilting: Professionally long arm quilted by Pat Boeck
Dimensions: about 80 x 80
Started July 15, 2013
Finished November 2014
So, although this post might sound like doom and gloom, I learned a very very valuable lesson:
1. LISTEN to my little voice & TRUST IT!
2. Don't pretend everything is dandy when I know it really isn't.
3. Take the time to do it right, even if it means buying and extra half yard of fabric or spending a little time with the seam ripper.
$10 in fabric and a couple of more hours and I would have had a nice quilt instead of one I'm kinda ashamed of.
So, a not fabulous finish, but a really valuable learning experience.
And that's a really good thing, too!