I always joke that with each quilt I make I learn something new. I have yet to not learn a lesson, a skill or otherwise handy piece of knowledge that can only come from making mistakes and then figuring out how to fix them.
I have little to no experience when it comes to using large scale prints. I tend to stick to the safe and narrow land of small scale prints or solids. Boring but like I said, safe. I’ve been steadily gaining ground on The Birchen Quilt over the last few weeks up until last night when, at long last, I had all my blocks sewn, pressed and ready to layout…..
(forgive the picture it was a quick Instagram snap and I couldn’t even fit the entire layout on my wall)
What I saw made me cringe a bit inside. The fabric I’d fallen in love with was overwhelming a very cool pattern. I mean the prints were just beating the pattern into submission and it was not pretty. A few choice phrases, some distracted sewing and an hour later I regrouped my ravaged pride and decided that I only had two choices.
- I could leave it as is and love the craziness that is MY quilt and my fabric choice. This is the first quilt I’ve ever made for myself.
- I could rip out the seams of all the Elizabeth bust triangles and find a less glaring print for those 8 blocks *cry*.
But I am SO.TORN.
I mean I am seriously bummed out. Those blocks are not small (19″ x 19″ as pictured). I love every piece of fabric I picked out and I have sewn over 300 half square triangles and squared them up. This quilt top has so much work put into it, but it is definitely not what I had in mind and that is very depressing.
I am determined to make this pattern work so for now I’m putting this quilt on hold, stacking up my beautiful blocks and diving into another project while I mull over my two options.
Lesson learned: The scale of your prints is just as important as the color palette.