A game to play

Does anyone out there remember “One of these things is not like the others, One of these things just doesn’t belong, Can you tell which thing is not like the others. By the time I finish my song?”

Back in the days when my darling children were small, we had no television reception. And there wasn’t any cable. Or satellite. We were just barely able to watch one network television station. I am not sure how we survived such deprivation!!! (Be sure to read that with a huge amount of sarcasm!)

My mom helped me out by taping some things for me. One was a tape of “Sesame Street” Hooray!! When I absolutely needed a break, I could pop that in the VCR and the kiddos would be entertained for a little while. Since they didn’t watch TV everyday, it was a novel experience for them and they would usually give me a little peace and quiet.

Anyway, this little story has no bearing on what I am actually posting about, except that the song is running through my head when I look at my design wall!

Here are the three blocks that I finished at the Bonnie Hunter workshop. I am so really liking these blocks. And, with Bonnie’s guidance, I was sure that they were as perfect as I could possibly make them.


Isn’t that a sad little statement? Apparently “as perfect as I could possibly make them” isn’t as perfect as I thought!!

Take a closer look at the above photo and tell me if you can spot the problem.

I know, I shouldn’t point out “mistakes” – after all, they are just design decisions, right!?! But this is bugging me! Especially because Bonnie had specifically warned the class about making this very mistake!!! I mean, really, you would think that I would have paid more attention when my idol spoke about something!! And she very pointedly told the whole class to be SURE that we not make this very mistake!!!

Alright, have you found the things that don’t belong?

It would seem that, when I make a mistake, I cannot make just one!!! I know – it’s hardly noticeable. You really have to look hard to see that I’ve sewn those corner units in backwards. Obviously, it doesn’t stand out that much, because I only saw it last night after – how long ago was the workshop? – a few weeks!

So now, of course, I am torn. Do I leave the hardly noticeable mistakes alone? OR Do I un-sew them right now and fix it? And then be VERY, VERY careful when assembling the remainder of the blocks!! Because, you know that if I go to all the trouble of un-sewing and resewing, and then I make the SAME mistake AGAIN – well, we don’t want to think what that will do to my fragile hold on sanity!!!

What do you think? How big of a mistake does it have to be before you will go to the trouble of un-sewing? Let me know – I’m on the fence about this one, so your comments may help me decide what to do!


6 thoughts on “A game to play

  1. I vote for leaving them as they are. In antique quilts, I always spend more time looking at them when there are variations in the piecing. If everything looks matchy matchy and perfect, I move on to the next quilt faster. I think the differences give the quilts more character and are much more interesting and lovable.
    And yes, I have they same problem in at least two of the blocks I’ve finished from Bonnie’s workshop. Kevin noticed the turned pieces before I did. Done is better than perfect!


  2. I agree with Bev that done is better than perfect; however, that has never stopped me obsessing about something and then eventually tearing it apart because I just couldn’t let it go. Sometimes I’ve even made it harder for myself by waiting until I’ve sewed it completely in the top and had much more to take apart to fix it. It’s just that my “hold on sanity” is probably much, much more fragile than Bev’s!!!! But that’s what I like about her and she has taught me so much over the years about “letting go.”


    1. That’s what I’m afraid will happen. I’ll let it go because it’s not that noticeable but then I’ll obsess about it all the time. One benefit if I let it go will be I won’t have to worry about making the same mistake again! I think right now I’ll let it go. I won’t worry about it until I’m ready to set the blocks together. If it still bothers me then, I’ll fix it.


  3. They are lovely no matter what you decide and you have put tons of thought and hard work into them and obviously love them too…. My vote is to fix it so you will love it more


    1. Thank you for commenting Jane. I love to make new friends through my blog. I still haven’t decided if I want to take the time to un-sew and re-sew. I think I’m going to finish all the rest of the blocks (39 more – to make a total of 42) If I make the same silly mistake on more of them, I’ll probably leave them that way and be happy with it – mistakes and all. If I can do all the rest of the blocks correctly, then I’ll correct those three mistakes.


  4. I suggest fixing now and move forward (and remember how bad it was to fix and vow to yourself to never do it again)) instead of I may have to fix three more when I finish 42! However, I am convinced you will not repeat this mistake again and won’t have to fix those three… so whichever way you go your quilt will be beautiful because of the fabric and color combination choices and Bonnie’s great design. and of course the fantastic experience of the workshop. and if you don’t fix it–all the more reason to attend another workshop and buy more of her books and fabric. Either way it’s a win–win!


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