Lessons Learnt

By | January 1, 2015

I’m making the Bonnie Hunter Grand Illusion mystery quilt .

Each quilt teaches a lesson. This quilt has taught me a lesson on looking at colour values when choosing fabric.  One of my purple fabrics is too close to my neutral fabric. Look at the light purple square:

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This works much better.

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Proof that you need to look at fabrics to see their value compared to your neutral before using them in your quilt.

Now comes the real lesson – the frogging and the resewing steps. Just to emphasize that you should have done this before you started sewing.

17 thoughts on “Lessons Learnt

  1. Bonnie

    Don’t you just love those ‘hard’ lessons? One thing is certain…you never forget them. And you never make the same mistake twice. So, there is value in them, even if it does cause us considerable angst at the time.

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  2. Debra

    Lessons learned. Now you have a beautiful block and start of a great quilt! Just remind yourself how much time you have already put into the quilt so that you don’t put it away unfinished. I do like the fabric changes you made. I haven’t been brave enough yet to do that, but may on the next mystery quilt. You are going to have one spectacular quilt!

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    1. Yummy Post author

      Thanks so much Debra for your kind words. I just did the frogging I needed to do and am hoping to be having completed full blocks in a week or so. Doing a little bit each night I’m sure to make good progress.

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  3. Mary Ellen

    I clicked right away on your post through Bonnie’s Monday Link-Up because of the title about value. I learn something every time I make a quilt with Bonnie. The first learning point was how to use the Easy Angle ruler. Never cut those 1/8″ measurements again! Value was another valuable lesson. One I “knew” in my head, but hadn’t really internalized. Scrap User’s system was another lesson. What a time and space saver to get my mess under control. Leaders and Enders, yet another lesson. Your blocks look great. Purple and orange – always a winner in my book!

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    1. Yummy Post author

      Mary Ellen, I agree I’ve learnt so much doing this quilt. It is my first mystery and I too learnt the Easy Angle ruler and sadly had to learn the value lesson the wrong way – it definitely will be internalized now! I still haven’t tried the scrap lovers system. That’s next!

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  4. Leslie

    Hi! Once you start putting together blocks and building the sashing, you will be hooked! Just start making blocks for now… Also look at the fabrics beside your units, sometimes changing those around can prevent redoing! This will look great, just keep going! Take care, Leslie

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    1. Yummy Post author

      Thanks Leslie. I’ve decided to remove all the offending fabric and redo those blocks. I know it will continue to irk me If I don’t. I’m definitely going to finish this, my first mystery quilt.

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  5. Judy

    That’s one of the things about a mystery quilt–you don’t really know what the block is going to look like until you see the reveal. Sometimes it works out better than others but I think that’s fine. I really like the orange you swapped for the green! I like what you are doing! I agree with Leslie–Keep going!

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    1. Yummy Post author

      Thanks Judy, I’m plugging away at fixing the blocks that had the offending fabric. Hopefully within a week or so I’ll have the blocks all put together. I hope the orange ends up working out – I like orange, teal/blue and purple together.

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  6. Kathy Strawson

    Living and Learning…all the time. You are quite right the lesson in value, and the camera (or ruby beholder) is the best tool for confirming your instincts.

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  7. Rhoda Forbes

    For sure we are all lifelong learners , we learn from our mistakes. Your colors are so different that I think when you put two or three blocks together it will look great?

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    1. Yummy Post author

      I sure hope it turns out well. So hard to really tell until a few blocks are together.

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  8. Chris

    I remember when we would use a ruby beholder tool when picking fabric; now we just use the black white feature on our phones LOL. You block looks great.

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    1. Yummy Post author

      I’ve never used one of those ruby beholder tools but you can bet I’ll be using the black and white feature on my phone in the future!

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    1. Yummy Post author

      Thank you! I’m still not quite sure about it but as I love all the colours I’ve chosen I have a hard time thinking that I won’t like the quilt.

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