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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Oh What a Relief It Is!

First of all, thank you to everyone for your comments, suggestions and sympathy! Most of you felt that it wouldn't be noticed by many people. But most of you also felt that I had to do what made me feel comfortable.

And that meant fixing it! It actually was much easier than I had feared. I imagined having to take out all of the cross hatch quilting. But believe it or not, most of the rearranged leaves not only fit well between the existing cross hatching, but did so in a way that I only had to add more in two or three places.

I picked out the outline quilting around the leaves; removed them; re-appliqued in the right positions; and then outline quilted around them again. And there were only a few places where I either had to remove some of the cross hatching that now was behind the leaves or add additional.

All together it only took about 4 hours.

I just couldn't imagine feeling regret every time I looked at the quilt in the future..not after all the work I'd already put into it. And I am so happy I took what is really a very little bit of time to fix it.

Now it's still far from perfect. But it's my best and that's all that counts.


Doesn't it look better?

20 comments:

Barb said...

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! Sigh of relief on your part!

Julia said...

Well done Mary...it's beautiful!
You must feel so happy now that you fixed it...so glad it was not too hard to do, and you'll love looking at it..
Julia ♥

karenfae said...

beautiful Mary - it is funny isn't how something can bug us so much that we have to take something apart to fix it. I have done stuff like that too.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Karen said...

I thought it would be a lot of work to make the changes. I know you are relieved that it was not. And that you can look at it with joy!

Susan said...

Ok, I admit that it does look better! I'm glad that it wasn't too hard to fix! It really is an amazing quilt, Mary. You should be very proud!

Cheryl Willis said...

I like it better the other way, put it back (seriously just kidding) glad to hear it was enjoyable, at least you got to work on it again. The worst part for me in finishing is that I am done. cheryl

Edna said...

Looks great! The best part though is that YOU are pleased with it now. Great job - great quilt!!

Crispy said...

Oh it looks so beautiful Mary and only a 4 hour fix, a drop in the bucket of time compared to how long it took to make the quilt. Well Done :0)

Crispy

PS - Love the Baltimore project, thanks for the link.

Yvette said...

Yippeeee, it looks great. I am still sad you didn't take me up on my offer though. LOL!

Happy Quilting!

jofridsquilt said...

Well done. This quilt looks beautiful. Have a nice weekend. Jofrid

Linda said...

Good for you Mary for fixing it. It is absolutely fantastic and I can imagine the pride you have in completing it.

Anna said...

What a wonderful quilt, congratulations on finishing it!

Teaquilts said...

Looks great Mary

Barbara said...

So glad it wasn't as much work as you thought it would be. It's a work of art.

sharon said...

It is a masterpiece! That is one special quilt! Sharon

Jacquie said...

Beautiful Mary. I didn't notice but I am glad you fixed it after you noticed it you worked too hard on it to have regrets.

Karen said...

I ordered a copy of the "Dutch Tile" book!

Donna said...

Just beautiful, Mary! I'm glad you fixed it, because it would have just been something you would immediately have focused in on, and now you can just relax and really enjoy it.

Kathie said...

I love this quilt, I remember when the book came out I Just had to buy it...have I made it yet?
NO and I am not even a blue person but this quilt made me start buying blues for someday
glad you fixed it, it would have bothered you for years!
Kathie

Sunna Reyr said...

Yes it looks better and over all I think it's stunning. I had to laugh when I read your last post. I'm really trying to be more laid back about my projects but I would have fixed this too.