Wow! Blogger is moving slow today. I finally loaded my pictures from Picasa which seemed to speed things up considerably. My hand pieced bow-ties quilt top is completed now, although it was a bit of a struggle clear till the end. Always something to make me appreciate my quilt even more than before! If you click on the picture below you can see where I circled a block--that's the one that I ended up making extra.
The arrow points to the new block
Uh huh. One more block. For some reason, I had a black block there--no picture because my camera battery was dead at the time. Check me for a fever, but yes, I got out my seam ripper out and carefully removed that particular eyesore. Two dark-ish blocks practically side by side act as a magnetic mine field to the eye, no matter how you I try to justify the scrappy look going on in this quilt.
Hand pieced bow-ties quilt
I didn't dare leave the quilting room until my new hand pieced block was cut out, sewn together and pieced back into the quilt. Maybe a little afraid that I might rebel and stuff this quilt away forever unfinished? After it was all together and laid out on the living room floor for inspection, I heaved a big sigh of relief. Yes--now it looks properly balanced, color-wise and size too.
How I was working before....
Great lesson to learn though. The whole thing happened because I only had that muchroom in the quilting room (see previous photo) to audition the final row of blocks next to the rest of the quilt. You know, because I was being lazy about tromping up and down the stairs. Not. Gonna. Happen. Again.....