So, raise your hand if you have ever made a bad color choice on a quilt. Good to know I'm not alone! I made a bad color choice and have been correcting it for the last week or so, and will be for a little while longer. What else was there to do? Here is the original block:
To choose colors, we spent some time with the Hoffman color panel. It worked great! I am never cutting this panel up! I bought fabric and got to work.
The pattern is really well organized and very easy to follow, though it does have a few quirks. You'll probably want to make the triangles differently, for example. Although the design looks complicated, the blocks are easy to make and the pattern is very detailed. (My only tiny problem with it is that there will be bias edges on some of the blocks along the perimeter of the quilt, but I plan to stay-stitch the edges anyway, so it's not a big deal.)
The pattern calls for 4 "creams" as backgrounds, but I decided to go ahead and use all one color for the backgrounds. That was my bad decision. I made a bunch of blocks (not all!) and you can see that they turned out to be pretty bland. I knew there was something wrong but couldn't put my finger on it.
Yep, it was the decision to use the same color for all of the backgrounds.
So, what to do but get some more fabric and grab the seam ripper? This is the new block:
The ripping has been zero fun, but I think it's totally been worth it. (And yay! I get to stitch miters again!) I chose the deeper yellow to match their wedding flowers, and together the whole mass of blocks reminds me a lot of the bouquets. Adding the yellow also gives the quilt a lot more life.
I'm a lot happier with this quilt now, and I bet they will be too! I know there's a lot of ripping to do, but there really aren't a lot of changes to be made, so they can be stripped in pretty easily. Still no fun, but there's a big payoff in the end.
May your color choices all be perfect so you don't have to follow in my footsteps! I'm off to rip some more!
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