Redemption

DragonfliesIn the end, the little cut in the border saved this quilt.  You may recall that everything seemed to go wrong with the disappearing 9-patch baby quilt, including a small cut in a border that I identified only after the quilt was quilted. Stitching up the tear secured things and wasn’t all that noticeable, but I didn’t want to gift a damaged quilt.

Using a patch or appliqué to cover a hole in a garment or quilt is an age-old solution, and you know why? Because it works!

As it turns out, I had die-cut dragonfly appliqués in my stash that I’d picked up on a whim several years ago from the guild’s shop of the month.  I used the larger ones because the smaller ones lacked presence, even when a number of them were used together. Since the quilting was already done, my only option was to raw-edge appliqué them in place.

The finished quilt, after laundering.

The finished quilt, after laundering.

The added bursts of colour, and curves in contrast to the straight lines, really bring this quilt to life. As a tribute to these dragonflies, I call the quilt One Plus Three.

The quilt turned out so much better than I dared hope, that I will have to disappoint the generous souls who offered to take it off my hands. Sorry folks.

Detail of dragonfly appliqué

Detail of dragonfly appliqué

Is it the Quilt, or its Creator, that’s Cursed?

Can a quilt be cursed? And if it can, is it bad luck to give a cursed quilt to someone as a gift? Such is my dilemma.

I had a free weekend and was desperate to get to my sewing machine. Although I have a decent stash I couldn’t come up with enough compatible fabric to make the quilt I had in mind so I grabbed some charm squares and made a disappearing  9-patch.

12 blocks of a disappearing 9-patch

12 blocks of a disappearing 9-patch

The mostly low-volume fabrics seemed good for a baby quilt, yet to my eye, the edge-to-edge setting was a little overwhelming. My solution was to reduce the number of blocks from 12 to 6, and add borders.

The first try

The first try

What’s wrong with this quilt (above)? Could it be that two-and-a-half-blocks are facing the wrong direction?

This is the same picture as the one above but with the problem areas circled

This is the same picture as the one above, with the problem areas circled

Although I don’t particularly care for this quilt, and therefore didn’t want to invest a lot of time on it, I couldn’t in good conscience gift a quilt with such a glaring error. My stitch ripper became my best friend and I took apart most of the quilt and stitched it back together.

Finished quilt top. Just needs binding.

Finished quilt top. Just needs binding.

As I was sewing the second-last line of quilting in the borders I noticed a little cut, just one thread wide and five threads long, in the turquoise border. I stitched over it crosswise to secure it, and am trying to decide whether to appliqué something to hide the damage.

And then attach the binding. If I have even one more unforeseen problem this may be a dog quilt instead of a baby quilt. That I could gift with tons of errors. Now why didn’t I think of that before?