Wednesday, April 28, 2010

As ye sew, so shall ye rip!

And so it goes, my morning that is. Last night right before bedtime, I slipped into my sewing room to take a final look at the blocks I had laid out on my design wall. Something just wasn't right. I looked at my preliminary drawing, and back at the wall..... I didn't immediately know what was bothering me, but after close comparison, I discovered what I had done. Maybe I'd just discovered a new variation on the traditional Corn and Beans block, but it just wasn't representing the idea I had for this quilt.

So, let the ripping commence..... I always love to run around with little hairy threads hanging off my clothes, but most of the time I try to keep them corralled on my sewing table until I can brush them off into my trash can.

Here's the problem: I transposed the dark and light squares. Looks nice doesn't it?

But, it wasn't the effect I wanted in this quilt. I decided it would be easier to remove the squares, and replace them into the block, then to start over making all those little triangle squares again, and so here is what I had to do: 1. Rip off the squares.

 2.  Simply stitch the squares back into the block like this:

3. Resulting in this layout:

Now, that's more like it! Doesn't it just seem to vibrate? I think instead of corn and beans, I'm going to call this quilt Eggplant and Tomatoes. I am still amazed at how one or two little changes in a block layout can so drastically change the appearance of the final project.

And of course, Sally and Gianni were NOT impressed. They decided all the goings-on called for nap time. Ripping and re-sewing didn't disturb them a bit. Sally arrived in the upstairs sewing room first, so she chose the primo seating on top of the ironing board directly in front of the windows lying on another in-process project. Gianni was relegated to seat number 2 on the drafting chair that I use when I have lots of pressing to do. Anyhow, I think they both look pretty happy with this arrangement, don't you? At least until I need to press my blocks.


  1. You're right! The changes do make a big difference in the look of the quilt. The ripped and sewn back the new way is much better.
    This is the first time I've seen your blog. I grew up a Mennonite and my Mom started me quilting when I was quite young. I love it.

  2. Elsie, Did I miss your blog for April BOM..I have January and Feb..which were the winter block with the rabbit...and then the rose which I thought was Feb....then I don't seem to be able to find March or April....I don't want to get too far behind...Thanks

  3. The blocks of the month are available at my website until the 15th of each month. April is up right now until May 15th when the May block will be up. March is only available now by purchase. There is a clickable link that will take you to PayPal for payment for the March block of the month, if you are interested.

    Here's my website: