Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Unpicking AGAIN!

My hand paper pieced Star Quilt is done....and I HATE it!


The corners I have chosen make the whole quilt look like a fabric vomit (to pinch a great phrase from Katy!), though while Katy's scrap vomit quilt looks incredibly beautiful, my star quilt really does look like something found in the bucket after a big night out! The whole design of the quilt has become lost and washed out. I give it a big F for fail!


Yet again my trusty and always on hand friend Quick Unpick (aka seam ripper) is at it again, and my completed four corners are now a sad sight...


...leaving an even sadder sight, four unfinished corners.


This is not the first time I have unpicked bits of this quilt...I unpicked a whole row back here.

So it's back to the drawing board for this little darling. No, I will not give up (yet), I will not relegate this unfinished mess to the back of the cupboard, I am going to take a deep breath, rearrange my thoughts, and make four new and different corners. I may improve it, I may make it worse. We will see.

I hope your stitchy week has gone better than mine? xo


44 comments:

Lisa said...

Um . . . please don't call this lovely vomit. I think it is amazing. What about trying a solid piece of fabric for the corners? Not solid solid, but one piece that makes the circle pop. Just thinking outta the box. I have been watching you make this from the start and it's absolutely lovely. No vomit here.

Jo said...

Well i like it, but if you must, how about a solid for the corners? I just saw a new fabric that reads as a solid but has little lines that give texture. Dang, i can't remember the name of it!

Cathy said...

Jo I can't email you back you are set on no reply. Let me know if you do remember the fabric, but yes, I'm thinking more along the solids line (not totally), something to tone down the corners to make the centre dance again!). Thank you Lisa and Jo for your fabulous suggestions. xo

jill said...

Rest assured it is not quilt vomit - I know, I have create some! How about something less busy in s pattern that reads solid, but isn't. That's my idea - I'm sure you will figure it out.

Pomegranate Quilts said...

Gotta admire your perfectionism! By the time you've finished, this baby is going to SING!
PS Maybe Jo meant something like this?
http://www.hawthornethreads.com/fabric/designer/timeless_treasures_house_designer/crosshatch_sketch/crosshatch_sketch_in_tangerine

Cathy said...

Thank you Jill & Pomegranate Quilts, I can't seem to reply to anyone today!!! Great link Pomegranate, I love those cross hatch solids. xo

Cardygirl said...

Oh dear, hope you are working it out dear Cathy! Xx

Bluquilt said...

Perhaps you could replace the yellow squares on the corner edges with the same trianges that are on the sides and make a hexagonal quilt. Your eye would then follow the lines of central star rather than have nowhere to focus. Fill corners made of a selection of yellows might do the same thing, as the brown triangles seem to create a border.

Bluquilt said...

Oops, that should be 'full' not 'fill'!

Sarah Pings said...

Poor you! I've got a quilt that's doing this to me, so I really sympathise...

I like the idea of a solid or crosshatch...

I think I'd keep the
movement going by ditching the squares and using diamonds and trimming back to square off?

Keep going! It's wonderful!

Caz said...

This is definately NOT quilt vomit ... but you have to be happy. Can't wait to see what you do from here.

Oops-Lah said...

I agree with Caz! It's your quilt and you have to be happy no matter how many people will tell you there's nothing wrong with this stunning quilt, you probably still won't believe it ;)! So good luck with it and I hope you'll find a solution with will make you happy.

ms lottie said...

"Fabric vomit"!! Ha! Love it! Hope you find something that doesn't make you think of the after effects of a big night out!

Rafael's Mum said...

Are you not being a little too 'picky' (excuse the intended pun, lol). I like it. Well, two of them. It seems from the photo that two corners are predominantly blue, and two more yellow. Maybe more blue in the yellow corner to tie it up together?

Marit said...

Sorry you are feeling blue about the corners, Cathy. They may be a bit visually "busy"? Maybe making them darker and adding a bit or a lot of blue would help the center stand out? Please take your time to see how you will finish this amazing work of art.

Kirsty said...

Nooooooooooo! Remember, we all hate our quilts at some point. But they are not just the piecing, or the quilting, or the binding. They are the sum of all things. By all means, unpick (or reverse quilt, as I like to call it), and put in fabrics that make your heart sing. It is so beautiful. You can do this!

susis quilts said...

dear cathy,don`t give up .the star is just gorgeous, solids in the corners is a good idea,i think,thanks for your nice comment on my blog,happy stitching,susi

Elaine Bowen said...

I have pinned this quilt because i want to make something similar. What i was thinking was keeping it circular, because i want to use it on my square table.

Paula Hensley Murphy said...

Love the term "Fabric vomit" wow, now that is what can only describe certain projects. However, your quilt is beautiful. You will figure out what you want on the corners. So much work, believe me, I call myself "the tear out queen" I'm sure it will be a masterpiece before you are finished.

meli B said...

I think you need to think on it. Lots of things will work and some of the ideas coming through are great. Perhaps the final ring - the brown, could be a stronger intensity in colour, then the outer squares will fall behind and allow the circle to stand out. Anyway I think the colours are so pretty and the original corners were subtle and looked beautiful framing the circle.

Heather said...

I agree with the idea of something solidish to make the star pop. I'm sure you can rescue this one but I feel your pain. I hate it when my vision just doesn't seem to come together.

heartsofhampshire said...

HI Cathy, thaks to your inspiration I made this quilt and squared it off with colours that left the circle to stand out-http://heartsofhampshire.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/patriotic-prototypes.html

Your work is beautiful, but I understand when you are not entirely happy wth something- good luck with the re-jig!
Heatherx

Teje said...

What?! But it's so beautiful, Cathy ... but I guess you know better and I'm looking forward to see this with different corners. That something solid but 'not solid' sounds good. Good Luck! x Teje

Nedra said...

Oh my. Beauty must be in the eye of the beholder, because it looks beautiful to me from here. But, if you are not satisfied, then to the seam ripper it must go. I will be watching closely to see where your perfect eye for color will go.

imquilternity said...

Cathy, I always like everything you do so if you feel that you can improve upon this quilt, then I know you will. Good for you for taking the time to unpick and make it "perfect". It's lovely now, but obviously your "vision" for it is different. Can't wait to see the "new and improved" version!

pandchintz said...

Oh Cathy, I'm so disappointed for you!! Always a good move to put it away for a little while and let another idea ferment in your brain. I'm sure you'll come up with the right answer - don't give up, it's too beautiful! X

Nifty Quilts said...

I think your quilt looks amazing as it is. But if you're not happy, that's what counts. I know you'll find a great solution and that you'll be so glad you took the time to get it just right!

Helena said...

Inspired by seeing you working on this quilt, when I needed a hand project I started one similar to yours but smaller. For my corners I used Kona snow which really made the star stand out. Added benefit of this was it gave me somewhere to practice my machine feathers. I am really pleased with it. Will send a photo if you want and if I can figure out how!

Dorothea said...

This is really beautiful

Miriam said...

I'm very glad you are not going to give up on this one Cathy.
There have been some great suggestions. I am sure you will find a solution that will make you happy.

Ann Michelle said...

Your determination with this coupled with you willingness to unpick has inspired me. My first and until now only thought has been... Oh well it is what it is... And then learn from it and be more careful with colors and that scant 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Last night I went thru a bunch of blocks... Sorted out the bad ones into a UnPicking pile. Thank you for this courage. :)

Marjorie said...

What about a monochromatic mix that is either a couple shades lighter or darker than the fabrics in the star? It would be less stark than solid, but less busy than plan A.

Susie said...

I can't believe you call that a fail!!!???? i really like it. Whilst I can see you think it may be a little busy what exactly are you trying to achive - a border/outline with the last row of brown? If so I can see why otherwise I think its great!

Cille said...

Ahem... aren't you just a little tiny bit too hard on yourself now? It's a fantastic quilt. I I can say that without hesitation or just because I want to be nice. Just ask my co-workers and kids - I'm not that nice at all ;) No seriously, it looks amazing - what a huge project. So maybe you want to re-do the corners slightly... But know that even now it is amazing... simply breathtaking!

An idea if you want the corners more toned down is to use varoious color variations of a darker color e.g. dark blue.

Anna said...

I totally get when you don't like something, you don't like it! I see different shade of brown in the corners...make the center pop!

Janet said...

The quilt is talking to you Cathy and good for you for not giving up on it. I know it'll be wonderful when you get what you want on the corners. You've had some good suggestions here to make that star shine. Keep going, I'm cheering you on.

Jackie said...

Okay, so I wouldn't go so far as to say it is fabric vomit. I do agree with you that the star does not stand out as much as it should. I give you much credit for ripping it out after all that work. I am sure that you will make choices that will make your star sing this time around. Can't wait to see the second version.

Karen said...

I have been there, do not give up. You will not regret the time and effort spend to rip it out. Can't wait to see what you choose.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

I feel for you Cathy.It's hard to know how to finish this one. Reminds me of a quote I recently read -
"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes,
art is knowing which ones to keep."
Scott Adams

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

Funny because I LOVE it as it is but, if you don't like it then thats what matters. Can't wait to see what you do decide to do though.

Karin said...

So funny and so sad in one! Hope you figure it out so you can like this quilt!

Karin said...

So funny and so sad in one! Hope you figure it out so you can like this quilt!

Amanda said...

Hi Cathy looks like you have had lots of good comments my thought at first glance was maybe to go darker at the corners but solidify is another good choice from those above

LeKaQuilt said...

Hi, Im sorry that you dont like your quilt. I love all the colours and I love how the colours work togheter. I have often admired how you combine colors, and you are a great innsprasjon for me. Hugs Lena