Friday, February 14, 2014

A Hot Mess

Valentine Confession: I have started a sewing project that I am completely out of love with now.

It started off well. Good intentions. Using up scraps. Trying a new technique. I have seen so many other quilters turn scraps into improv quilt blocks (ala Denise Schmidt) into gorgeous works of art. They always say, "don't edit" and "just pick a piece of fabric and sew." Well, my friends, I am here to tell you I stink at it and can't stand to look at what I have sewn together. 

I even got together with a sewing friend recently and she helped me sew up a few more blocks. Loved the time we had together, but when I got home and spread all the blocks on the floor my husband's response just confirmed my fears. He just stared at the haphazard arrangement on the floor and asked if I intentionally made this because (in his words) it looked like a "crafting disaster." 

And it does. 

So now I have 20 or so 12x12" blocks and I don't even want to keep them. Can you help me see the beauty in this mess? What would you do with them? Would you just sewing them together and be done with it? Maybe hack the blocks apart and pair them with a solid?

Can this be saved? Can I fall back in love with this project? 

Love is a fickle thing. And I am ready to call it quits!


  1. I think they look great, but I'm more of an "embrace scrappy randomness" type person. I also know how hard it is to work on a project you're not in love with. Can you just put them away for a while and see how you feel about them in 6 months? Perhaps the quilt would make a great present for someone you love (because you have to love someone to spend that much time making something for them!)?

  2. Border them with white and see what happens. I actually really like them.

  3. You are being too critical, I too, like these blocks. Border them with white and put them together. Or cut them in fourths and mix them up again. This could be a lot of fun!

  4. I would use black in between each block. I think it would pop! Just my opinion. I think they look great by the way.

  5. I like them, too.
    Could you border a few and make them into decorative pillow covers?


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