A couple of years ago I made a quilt that had some really super sections to it and I just loved the colours (green is my favorite colour!) but somehow as a whole it really didn’t seem to work.
So after dragging my feet for months and months…(after all who really wants to cut up something they’ve gone to considerable effort to sew together!)….armed with a long ruler, a piece of chalk and a rotary cutter (to say nothing of a stiff cup of tea!), I did the dreaded deed! And it felt good!! The little parts looked quite relieved to be on their own!
so this was the original:
and here it is divided up:
Arn’t they sweet? You can see them one by one on my other blog with sizes and prices and all. (The colours arn’t dimmer, it’s just the difference between a professional camera and a little point and shoot).
Sometimes if a quilt doesn’t feel right, give it time..maybe not 2 years! – but give it some time, and keep looking at it, and with luck you’ll figure out a change that will really improve it. I’ve trimmed them down – my quilt Overlook was Vastly Improved by taking off the top section:
And I’ve even thrown them in a dye bath! The Really Awful Ones usually go to the thrift store – a comfort for some poor little kitty somewhere.
So..what d’you think? Are those little green houses and trees better separated…or not? My fingers are crossed!! But I doubt I’d ever sew them back together (not my fingers!! the little quilts ….)
– I’ve got my eye on one of those little pieces for myself!
If you have been, thanks for reading! Elizabeth