Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A Revelation on 12/12/12

One of the newer Christmas traditions that we celebrate here at Park Hill Farm is that around the first of December, I place my quilt, "Yankee Christmas" on our bed.

It is my version of Bonnie K. Hunter's, "Carolina Christmas", which was her 2009 mystery. If you love it and want to make it for yourself, the pattern appears in her third book called "Scraps and Shirttails Volume II.  The link to buy the book is here.
It is a gloriously sunny quilt and it always makes me happy to look at it.
So it seemed perfectly normal this morning, as I was making up the bed, to be looking down at it admiringly as I smoothed and tugged it into position. Then I did a double take. I could not believe my eyes as I checked the pattern. One of the 13 large green star blocks had been assembled all wrong! The four outer quadrants of the one block are all radiating inward instead of outward as they should have been.

The quilt has been done for almost 4 years and has been used for three Christmases. It was in my guild's two day quilt show. The picture above was taken when it was finished of binding. And no one has ever seen the error, including me. Unless everybody spotted it and were afraid to mention it to me.

I had quite a giggle, a rueful one, but a giggle! I showed it to Husband Wonderful and he was utterly amazed, too. He said I should call it a humility block in the spirit of some traditions that may fear to offend the Deity. But I'm owning my dumb mistake.

The above picture was taken January 16th, 2011, and shows a correct green star block, with the points all radiating outward.
Here is a picture taken this morning of the wrong block with the points turned inward. And yes, I'm calling it "wrong."
Wrong is an okay word with me because I make lots of mistakes and usually don't get upset by them.
Maybe I'm still shaking off my disbelief and I'm in denial. I can't believe I did it wrong. What is even harder to fathom is that I still didn't spot it for three Christmases! LOL! And it's on a corner, no less!

I still love the quilt. So does he. But we both had quite a chuckle!


Debra said...

Gorgeous quilt Victoria. Bravo. That's what makes it handmade, not mass produced in China. I also frequently make little mistakes here & there, I've gotten used to it! As Bonnie says, that's what gives it it's charm & personality. Don't sweat the small stuff. xoxo

Janet O. said...

Isn't it amazing what the eye doesn't see sometimes? I actually like the new block you invented and I think it looks great in your quilt! : )

Mary said...

I think it looks just fine. I made all my green blocks wrong. I was consistent though. It is my design change! Enjoy.

cityquilter grace said...

so you are not perfect there vic? well, that's a surprise...really, her patterns are sometimes very very busy so it's a honest mistake anyway...thanks for being human!

FeatherDuster said...

I love looking at pictures of antique quilts and finding what is "different". I always wonder if the maker did it intentionally, or didn't notice it when it was being made.

Helen in the UK said...

How funny that it has taken you 3 years to notice!! It is so strange how we often don't really 'see' things, just assume what is there. Glad to hear you are laughing rather than crying about it :)

Maureen said...

Your quilt is beautiful just as it is! We'd drive ourselves crazy trying to be perfect.

Rosa said...

It`s just fabulous!

Rosa said...

It`s just fabulous!

Elaine Adair said...

Been there, done that -- had brochures printed as well, all with wrongly set. LOL

Call it life's humbling moment. 8-)))

It's a beauty anyway! And now it has a great story.

I followed your suggestion for comments! 8-)

Lori said...

ROFL!!! Oh--you are in great company!

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