Today I’m trying to strike the right balance of positivity and honesty when I talk about this quilt.
I want this blog to be a fun place to spend a little of your precious time escaping from whatever it is that you are taking a break from.
But I also want it to be a safe place where I can tell you honestly how I feel about my projects so we can learn together and improve together.
So I’m going to be honest and tell you that I don’t love this quilt.
I’m not upset about it. I definitely like it. It’s definitely pretty. But I want to learn from this experience and figure out why I don’t love it.
I knew long before I finished it that it wasn’t going to be a favorite. It was still important to me to finish. I try to finish all my projects because I know the end product will always be useful. And I don’t want the ghosts of unfinished projects to haunt me when I start something new. I like to approach my new projects with the confidence that comes from knowing it will get finished and someone will use it.
As I’ve worked on this, I’ve tried to think about what it is exactly that went wrong. It’s not the simplicity of the patchwork. I love square patchwork. It’s what drew me to quilting in the first place.
I’ve come up with 3 main lessons about my personal quilting style:
- I prefer more variety in fabrics
- I prefer more variety in color
- In a quilt featuring square patchwork, I prefer smaller patchwork (these were 5 inches unfinished)
Do you agree?
Go ahead. Tell me what you do or don’t love about this quilt. It’s ok to love it. It’s ok not to. Either way I want you to think about why so you and I can both benefit from it.
I hope to be back for work in progress Wednesday next week with my first gypsy wife blocks! I feel fairly confident that I am going to love those.
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