Wednesday, January 19, 2011

What would you do?

This quilt popped up on my design wall a few times last year but I never explained what was going on.  I made this to donate to my kids' school auction.  It's more or less an original design using an Aster Manor layer cake with additional yardage.  I don't love it, it's a bit too red and country for my taste, but that's OK since it was intended to be given away. 

Anyway, I finished piecing the top and spent today quilting it on the longarm.  I rent time on a longarm machine which has pros and cons.  Since a longarm isn't really in my budget at the moment it's the only way I get to use one.  I think this is the 6th quilt I've done and I've been pretty happy with the results.  On the downside, I don't usually know how I'm going to quilt it in advance so I can't plan my sizing accordingly.  It hasn't really been an issue before but today it bit me in the a**.  Somewhere my calculations were off so I have three rows of feathers that should have filled the center of the quilt and left the borders empty and I would have added some filler at home.  Instead, on one side the feather  falls in to the border a bit on the other there's a 2" gap between the feather and the border.  Ugh!!!  I didn't notice it until I got home and started unpinning my zippers but now I'm totally freaking.  I don't want to donate it since I don't think it represents my talent.  I don't think I can live with it in my house.  It seems a complete waste to throw it away.  I've heard of people being unhappy with the way a quilt was quilted and ripping out the whole thing but I thought they were completely insane.  Am I that crazy?  I'm not going to look at it again until Friday, maybe it will look better by then.

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