Getting there

Know what I love about quilting: experimenting, just sketching things out (or not) and giving it a go. I spent so much of my career as an artist planning every minute detail of a piece, often planning for six months or more before even starting. While I loved that in its way, I must admit it grew a bit tedious. Now, I like to play with my quilts, to see something in my head and dive right in making it — I have learned over the years to trust my head, it often has some right good ideas.

The downside of this: bobbles and wobbles. My quilts are rife with them, but I think in a good way. If something disastrous happens I am not afraid to use Mr. Rippy to undo miles and miles of stitches, but everything else is part of that quilt’s story. I know I probably should freak out about those little hiccups, but I am rather fond of them, and they are fewer with each quilt I make. They feel kinda like the little marks on the kitchen doorframe that record Little One’s growth (once we start doing that).


Long story short, my Modern Relief quilt is no different: my triangles aren’t quite perfect, there are a few awkward jags in my quilting, and I’m sure there a couple of things I haven’t noticed. Nevertheless, I love this quilt; I am starting to feel like the quilts I am making are really mine rather than versions of someone else’s. I can’t wait to bind it — hopefully tomorrow — and show it off. I think it’s worth the bobbles.

So here’s the question of the day: how many wobbles and bobbles do you let stay in a quilt? (Please tell me in isn’t zero…)


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3 Responses to Getting there

  1. 1
    tweal says:

    I keep more wobbles and bobbles in my quilts than I remove! I just don’t have the patience to fix everything, although the big things are usually worth it.

    ‘I am starting to feel like the quilts I am making are really mine rather than versions of someone else’s.’ Yep, that is how I feel when I complete a quilt – there are always a few quirks and wobbles but that gives character and personalizes the quilt. Never perfect but always charming 🙂

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    Martha Heidt says:

    I read somewhere years ago that our brains read triangles as pointy even if they are not perfectly so. That’s when I stopped redoing triangles. As for the other wobbles, my dear friend Rhoda says, “No one flying over in an airplane will notice those.”
    Brenda Papadakis (Dear Jane’s quilt) says, “Finished is better than perfect.”

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    Luanne says:

    I leave them and say “I meant to dooooo that!”

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