Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Decisions, Decisions

I've just added 5 rings to the right hand side of the Double Wedding Ring. I still need to sew the 4-patches, but I thought I'd lay it out to see how it looks.

Awesome! if I do say so myself.

However, everyone is their own worse critic.

The last time I had this quilt out and did any significant work on it (2 or 3 years ago), I saw all my flaws - puckers and lumps and all of those other things which you hope no one sees. I decided at the time, if I went back and fix them, I'd end up taking the entire top apart.

I'd like to quilt to lay somewhat flat, so, I'm leaning toward adding the rings log cabin style. I added these 5 rings to the right, so I'll add 6 rings to the top, 6 rings the left side, 7 rings to the bottom and then 7 rings to the right side making the top 7 x 8 rings.

But as I look at the quilt, the 3rd ring from the left on the 2nd row has got way more 'poof' than I'm going to be able to hide with quilting. There's also a melon or two which need significant help.

So what to do?

Should I decide which two or three spots simply have to be fixed and limit myself to them, or leave well enough alone as a testament to how my skills have improved?


  1. It's lovely. You should fix the things that won't allow you to sleep under it at night (the big ones) and let the others go. It's great to see how much the improvement is...
    enjoy it.

    Julie in Oregon

  2. Leave it as it is...I like the LIFE STORY - a testament of your growth and development - really neat - it is like a journal of your quilting life. :)

    sao in Midlothian, VA

  3. Take the 3 spots out, it will annoy you. But don't take it all apart, just the ones you can not live with.

  4. It looks gorgeous! If the spots can't be fixed up with quilting, I'd say take them out. A few years (or maybe even months) down the line, you may end up wondering why you didn't! :)

  5. First off, it is beautiful and you should be proud. Secondly, did you wash your fabric before cutting & sewing? If you did not, there is a great chance that all your problem areas will blend with the wrinkly vintage look that quilts get when they are washed after quilting & shrink a bit. Even if you did, using cotton batting will add a bit of a shrink to it. I don't see your problem and I'm betting most folks won't either.
    Judi in Ohio