Using a color that is far from your favorite is difficult. Purple is that color for me and I seem to fight it every step of the way, even when it is the only right choice for the project.
And perhaps you have had the experience of putting in a lot of work on a project, thinking you may have made an error…and you keep right on going, trying to convince yourself that the wrong choice was actually a good one?
That’s right where I’m at with this project.
I was too impatient to wait for the purple wool that I first thought I would use on it. I went ahead and used the purple silk I had on hand instead. Laid everything out, pinned it, added batting for stability, sewed it and selected beads and embroidery threads……………and absolutely could not make myself start on the additional handwork.
Deep down, I knew the silk was the wrong color. Yeah, it was purple, but NOT the right purple. Too bright, too shiny, fighting with the red….so it sat. Took it to my Knot Even Quilters group and asked their opinion and they totally agreed with my deepest gut feelings.
I even shocked them by grabbing a pair of scissors and cutting into the piece, trying to figure out an easy way to rescue it. There was just no way to use that bright purple with the darker purple wool.
And I have plenty of red silk to re-do this if I simply remove the rust fabric squares and start again. But I really didn’t feel like totally starting over so I deconstructed and trimmed this block.
Turns out that the red squares CAN be 1/2″ smaller and still work! And this looks so much better on the darker wool.
And here we are–lots of deconstruction and back where I started several weeks ago. A big pile of pieces, ready to be set together on the background.
And another pile of bright purple pieces, ready for someone to play with! I don’t think it will be me. I’m not a good fighter with purple!
Hopefully now, though, I can sit down with those beads and threads and do the handwork I originally intended to finish this piece.