Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Happy Days, the saga continues...

I was able to get a little bit of sewing done yesterday during the snowstorm. 

My goal this month is to have the top done on my Happy Days quilt. As I've mentioned before, I'm not terribly proficient at paper-piecing, so I'm ok with substituting a couple of "regular" blocks just to get going on this quilt.

I had gotten this far...

...and decided that the circled area could use some yellow to balance out the quilt.

So here is the block with the yellow, so pretty...

...but when I put it in it's place on the design wall it was shouting out like a beacon to me....

I decided to live with it 'til this morning to see if I would change my mind, but no, still didn't like it!

I spent maybe fifteen minutes this morning fixing it.  Instead of making a whole new block I just tore out the offending player...

...popped in a bit of Tula Pink (of which most of the quilt is pieced with already)...

I think it was worth the fifteen minutes to swap it out, I'm much happier. I still wonder a bit about that red Cotton and Steel fabric, but I think it picks up a bit of a similar red elsewhere in the quilt so I will relax and call the block "done"!

I have ten leaves to applique and the top will be ready to sew together. I think I'm on-track to finishing by the end of the month. There is a pieced border to attach but a lot of the components to that are ready to go.

In case any of you are doing the Jen Kingwell quilt, Long Time Gone, there is a sew-along starting today. You can see what's what on this post by Snips Snippets.

Today I am linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social and with Silly Mama Quilts for WIP's - Works in Progress.


  1. Oh wow, it sure did make a difference! Love the before and after pics when people do things like this; I think one learns so much! I also think the red is fine; my eye zinged directly across after you pointed it out the second time, to the fuchsia reverse appliqué one, so yep IMHO it's good. ;-)

  2. what a great project!

    thanks so much for linking up!

  3. You have a good eye for colour even it it means ripping out the "offender". They way you explain your decision is so important for us to see. I may need to do that to some of my blocks and now I know how to attack it.
    Thank you.