Humble Pie

Did you ever want to give up on a quilt but for some reason just keep going? Here is an example of perseverance.

In the beginning of my quilting journey I heard about the Hoffman Challenge using their current challenge fabric. So I bought the fabric and thought I’d give it a try. I decided to use the Delectable Mountain Block and incorporate as many Hoffman fabrics as I could find. The challenge due date came and went but I thought this quilt should still be made so I continued on with the blocks.

Problem one: What was I going to do with that corner seam that was clearly more than a half inch off? On goes the dimensional butterfly. Problem solved.

Problem two: Now that I made the center and first border, I clearly don’t have enough background to continue the look I was after. I have a habit of running out of the fabric I need in the middle of quilts! I changed the background to a completely different value. This way the quilt looks planned instead of trying to make a match. Problem solved.

Problem three: I used a pencil to mark in the grid lines for hand quilting. I know you know what I’m going to say next. I couldn’t get them to erase. So I scrubbed them off with soap and a toothbrush. Problem solved.

Problem four: After scrubbing the quilt with soap and water, all the red flowers ran. And the fabric was pre washed! Oh bother! Now what do I do? Well, at this point I had just about had it with this quilt and decided I didn’t care if I ruined it so I……(and I don’t recommend this) diluted bleach in water and used a cotton swab and just dabbed at the red. It disappeared immediately.

So what ever happened to this quilt of many mistakes?

I entered it in a quilt show and tied for first place. Go figure…..

 

   
Barb Sackel

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