"Simple Chains" - upcycled blues quilt top #14 finished

Number 14 in my upcycled blues project finished.

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This is the one that my daughter and her friend laid out for me.  I tried to sew it up as they they put the blocks in piles that they had numbered.

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It's pretty simple - it's a chain block alternating with a plain 8.5" block on point. For the chain itself, I pulled out the solids and darks that I had left.  (I actually still have a few left even now!)

I had this draped over the back of the couch when I took a second look and said, "Oh no!"  I saw a mistake. Then I saw a couple more!

I had a lot going on in this house when I made this and it's kind of a miracle that I didn't make more mistakes.

 Can you find the mistakes?  They are kind of obvious when you lay the quilt top out flat like this and take a picture! Somehow as we worked, on it, I didn't notice the turned parts of blocks. I hadn't put on the corner setting triangles yet. I do that very last.

Can you find the mistakes?  They are kind of obvious when you lay the quilt top out flat like this and take a picture! Somehow as we worked, on it, I didn't notice the turned parts of blocks. I hadn't put on the corner setting triangles yet. I do that very last.

If I see a mistake when it is in the "finished top" stage of construction, I will fix it. If it is already a quilt, then, I just try not to look at it!

 All the pieces are on!

All the pieces are on!

So, I bit the bullet. I fixed the one area that fixed two spots and then I saw one more.  My husband seemed actually surprised that I had to fix things like this!  I assured him that i often make mistakes - but I've found that just sitting down and fixing them rather than spending time agonizing over it, just gets it done faster.  I've seen people post their mistakes on Facebook with the question "Should I fix this?"

By the time the person reads through all fifty gazillion answers, most of which will tell her/him? that everyone is imperfect and that the Amish put a mistake in every quilt as a humility block or some weird thing like that- she/he could have fixed the problem.

Do I believe the Amish or the Turks or the Mennonites actually put a mistake "on purpose" in their quilts?  No. If it is on purpose,  it's not a mistake - it's a planned thing. My husband said it's crazy thinking - he looked at my very strangely when I asked him if woodworkers purposely make mistakes in their work.

People make mistakes anyway, simply because they are people - you don't go putting mistakes on purpose in your work!  

And this brings me up to this point on this blues project:

Oh...the pattern.  It's here.

Here are the first 14 tops!  I've still got number 15 in the works - and then number 16 is a misc. top - made up of various blocks and leftover parts - which I'm also currently working on. Surprising to me, it's turning out to be a blast. I'm totally enjoying working on it!. Number 17 is yet another crumbs quilt featured in yesterday's blog post.  I'm considering another one or two - but we'll see where I am at this point in another week or so.

 From left: 1 - Starring Monkey Wrenches, 2 - Periscope, 3 - Premium Labels, 4 - Peek-A-Boo, 5 - Granny's Checkerboard, 6- Scrappy Rail Fence, 7 - Triple Irish Delight, 8 - Made Ya Look - at Blues, 9 - Frisky Boxes, 10 - Double Star Delight, 11 - Starry Night, 12 - All Crumbled Up, 13 - TagAlong, 14 - Simple Chains.

From left: 1 - Starring Monkey Wrenches, 2 - Periscope, 3 - Premium Labels, 4 - Peek-A-Boo, 5 - Granny's Checkerboard, 6- Scrappy Rail Fence, 7 - Triple Irish Delight, 8 - Made Ya Look - at Blues, 9 - Frisky Boxes, 10 - Double Star Delight, 11 - Starry Night, 12 - All Crumbled Up, 13 - TagAlong, 14 - Simple Chains.



Be sure to checkout some of the goodies that my sis has for you over in the store. She's put together some amazing collections!



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