Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Mystery Quilt Decisions



My version of the mystery quilt called "Ghosts and Mosts" is ready for borders. This was the Super Bowl Sunday mystery quilt hosted by Quiltbug. I liked the pattern and wanted to make it bigger to fit the guidelines to donate it to my guild's comfort quilt project. The pattern is for a baby quilt of 4 rows (16 blocks) and I wanted to make a lap quilt. I decided to add 2 more rows which meant making 8 more blocks. I also added a sashing with blue cornerstones, which made it a little bigger.
I was really scrounging to get enough of the gold fabrics for the last 8 blocks. Look at these sections which were pieced together from scraps.
I'm trying to decide about a narrow dark red border with or without cornerstones, and/or adding a blue border. There is also another dark red border to add. In days gone by, this decision making process would have taken a long time. And if the "right" answer did not present itself, the whole thing would go to the UFO closet.

Good enough!

Not anymore! A decision will be made quickly because:
a) this is one of those quilts where I already know how I want to quilt it, so I am motivated to get it to the quilting stage, and
 b) I have learned there is not one "right" way to do anything, but there are many "good enough" solutions!
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11 comments:

  1. Oh gosh you're right! Sometimes for me a quick quickedy quick decision is so much better than drawing it out and trying for the perfect solution!! Getting something finished feels so much better than tackling a UFO ages later! Sometimes with ufo's I takes me one session just to get it all together and try and work out the next step! It's better to make an effort to avoid that isn't it!! I'm tackling 17 ufo's this year, but i keep finding more projects that need finishing or moving along! Your quilt is moving along and looking lovely:)

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  2. I'd go with the corner stones and the blue border

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  3. I've long been a good enough quilter!

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  4. Love that quote and pic of "Good Enough". So true. I waste so much time agonizing over what is 'right' and there's no right...lots of things look good! Thanks for the reminder. I need to dive in and start quilting a quilt for my son :-)

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  5. I have to work from a plan and not vary too much. I am an engineer by practice, if only partially by education, but if I start to look at possibilities I end up having to try all the possibilities. I have decided that my quilts will be what I originally saw in my mind and just let it go. I wish I were an artist so my knowledge would allow me to make a few options based on the look as I went along. You did a great job here.

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  6. Great progress, and good plan for quick decisions. No more UFOs, LOL!

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  7. Good enough, indeed. I always like to remind quilters... DONE is better than PERFECT!!

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  8. You are so right! There is no one right way, and so many things will work well.

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  9. It's hard to tell in the picture, but I like the left side with the cornerstones. I have had to learn "it's good enough" also, or nothing would ever get done.

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