Okay, this is the post where I make a confession. If you having been following this blog for a while now, you may have already picked up on this: I am a bit "anal" when it comes to quilt making. I can also be a bit of a perfectionist. I tend to blame it on being in 4-H during my formative years. The quest for a purple ribbon is strong!
Can you tell a difference between this:
And this? (Other than the fact that the photo below is only a corner?)
Probably not. Here is a closer comparison. Look at the centers.
Yes, the bottom one is pinned, but it is also a tiny bit darker than the one on top.
When they are side-by-side, you can see the difference. Really. It is much more noticeable in real life!
When I ordered the medallion print and it arrived, I was a bit surprised/dismayed to discover that the background was French General "faded red" because the FG solid I was using for the block background was a darker red . I guessed I missed out on that fact in the description. I decided to try it out and see if I liked it. I used it on all the large plates and I found that I could live with it. It wasn't too noticeable. Then I added the small plates and their centers were the darker red. The red color was a factor when I auditioned all my FG reds for the small centers, but the one I liked best was the darker one. As I began to applique the small ones in place, I realized that I wasn't going to be able to live with the faded red medallions. So I ordered a yard of medallions on the dark red. That was the third reason that I didn't take this quilt to my retreat. (I mentioned two reasons in yesterday's post.) The package containing it actually arrived the evening after I left. Here are some text messages that I exchanged with my husband that night:
Me: Did I get a package today?
Him: No, but you did. From UPS. Some Jolly woman or something like that
I swear that I did not mistype that. That is exactly what he said. Maybe you can figure out that the package was from Kimberly Jolly at the Fat Quarter Shop. I did, but I'm not sure about the whole "Did I/ No, you did" thing. Probably he was taking advantage of my absence by drinking some beer or something. Around the third day I got another text message that said: "I hope you are having fun because I'm miserable." Aaahhhh, it is nice to be appreciated, even if it is said in a guilt trip, ha ha. Luckily the lawn mower broke Saturday afternoon so shopping for a new one kept him occupied for the rest of the weekend. He actually went to Walmart on tax-free weekend! He IS the brave one in this family.
At any rate, the fabric arrived and so when I got home from the retreat I began doing this:
It wasn't too hard. Remember how I told you that the machine applique takes a series of straight stitches and then takes a "bite" into the applique? I just ran my seam ripper under and ripped the "bite" stitches. That left the straight stitches, but they are so close together that I wasn't going to try to rip them out. I just made my new centers a tiny bit larger so that it covered them up! All the ripping and follow-up appliqueing of the new ones only took around 2 hours (I had already prepped the centers the day before when I was still so tired from the retreat that I spent most of the day sitting around watching TV.) It was worth it. I think it would have bugged me forever if I hadn't made the switch, and I like this quilt way too much for that!
This is where I'm at today. I have attached the red borders and started laying out the rest of the dresdens. I only have 6 of the medium plates done and need to make 10 more. Once I have them done, I'll make sure I like the layout of everything and then start appliqueing them and the rest of the small ones.
This is a close up of a medium one.
You can see that I used the medallion on it, too. I can't tell if I prefer how this one "just fits" or if I like the extra red around it on the larger ones as shown below. I really love them both. I was glad that it worked for both sizes.
I hope you have a great day!