June 15, 2010

I Fail!

Before I move to my "sad" news, first and foremost THANK YOU everyone cheering me on through my quilting endeavor.  You all keep me lifted up and away from my nagging, "I'm so bad at this" perfectionistic inner critic. 

So, I failed at my Sunday quilting project.  Yep, I screwed up.  It isn't unfixable, but it was a bit dejecting.  I knew as soon as I saw my friend Christina's quilt pieces that I had messed up.  But I took them to class tonight just in case it was "okay" that I hadn't done what I was supposed to do.


The seam ripper came out before I could say, "Wait!" and the instructor started tearing my stitches out of my strips.  I can't fudge it.  I can't pretend it didn't happen.  I can't even pretend I MEANT to do it that way.  The seam ripper says, "No!"

Let me 'splain my mistake.  In the photo above, you will see two "rows" of split rail style blocks.  The top row we will call 1F2 and the bottom row we'll call 3F4.  See, I made whole rows of 1F2 and 3F4 when I should have mixed them up.  If you look above you'll see at the far left, a bunch of horizontal stripes.  From the top it would be lavender, multi, rust (1F2) and then below it, green, multi, rose (3F4).  Yeah, I should have done one block 1F2, then one turned 3F4, then back to 1F2, and so on.  So... it all comes apart and gets redone. 

It's all good.  That's why it's a class, right?  I'm a'learnin'.  But now I have to re-piece it together AND work on our next homework assignment:  Log Cabin blocks.  I'd be lying if I said I wasn't more than a little intimidated.

Stay tuned... I am that type of person who has to get "A"s and today I think I got a C-.  Time to improve my grade... will post more as I move forward.


  1. Um, you lost me at 1F2... this sounds suspiciously like math and math makes me cry... you are a braver woman than I! Kudos! I think it looks great... I would've never known it was wrong. :)

  2. I think you are being far too hard on yourself :) If you get it right first time every time, then there would be nothing new and interesting to learn in the world because you'd be able to do it all!
    You'll get more satisfaction from finally cracking it. Really. It'll be great!

  3. Hey, some of the best art and greatest inventions come from breaking the rules. I don't think your instructor should have been in such a hurry to make you color inside the lines. Maybe you created a whole new pattern!!!

  4. 1f2? 3f4? I think I understand from looking at the other blog...but...um...I think its gorgeous anyway...is it wrong to see beauty in the imperfections? I'm not sure nbow...I used to think it was wonderful...but I've never had anyone take a seam ripper to my imperfections before...hmmmmm....:-)


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