Giveaway Winners and A New Quilt Top!

A very big thank you to everyone who linked up their Quilty 365 quilts or quilt tops! So exciting to see 19 wonderful versions all together. The Random Generator determined that Wendy Caton Reed from 'The Constant Quilter' is the winner of th...

A very big thank you to everyone who linked up their Quilty 365 quilts or quilt tops! So exciting to see 19 wonderful versions all together. The Random Generator determined that Wendy Caton Reed from ‘The Constant Quilter’ is the winner of the first giveaway! {I included the names of 3 quilters who finished quilt tops but didn’t have a blog to link up to.} Congrats to the second giveaway winner, Karen from ‘Karen’s Korner’! as well.

Loving these blocks!

On a more personal note, I finally got the quilt top finished up for my Rising Sun blocks that were giving me oodles of trouble. Several were puckered so badly in places or ‘hilly’ in the middle, that it seemed impossible to go further with them. But after all that work? Crazy to throw them away.

A new quilt top!

Being an intrepid soul, I came up with a plan to cut them in half and use them for border work in a totally different layout than originally planned. I marked the center line and then sewed very close on both sides. After that, I sliced through the marked line. Having the the edges of the quilt stay-stitched will {at least partially} secure the blocks from unraveling while engaging in future quilting. It’s an offbeat solution, but using them way helps mask the glaringly, obvious mistakes by demoting them to a secondary position in the quilt. Plus, cutting down through the middle helps stretch out that poofy area that happened from my careless stitching. In my pie-in-the-sky dreams, hand quilting will eventually smooth out the worst of the worst and then washing and subsequent crinkling of the quilt will make it all look charmingly make-do.

Rising Sun blocks now in the border…

Honestly, I am absolutely thrilled and yes, giddy! with the way the alternate applique came out! It’s so sweet in a look-at-me sort of way. Totally holding its own with the more complex rising sun blocks! It was so odd though, to work backwards and then be scrambling to fill in the middle of a quilt. So challenging and yet, zero pressure to speak of. I mean seriously, how much worse could it get? I literally had almost nothing to lose from this experiment! So ironic how the challenge of working with a big fat ‘oops’ can cause us to be more invested in a quilt project too. In this case, it ended up being so much better than the original plan ‘cuz I just totally went with my gut and played for the pleasure of playing. Hey, why not try this? And the results are more ‘me’ than ever expected. Maybe the  ‘me’ look is a big helping of mistakes with a generous side of ‘fix-it’. Hmmm… Something to consider?*wink