Rip or No?

I have been working on these appliqué blocks. I challenged myself to try and use colors I don't usually select. I don't like the fabrics, the colors or the blocks! The stems on the flowers look wrong to me– too fat and too dark. I made them exactly the same size as the directions said.
The pattern is from the book “Tending the Garden” by Blackbird Designs.
I loved the quilt in the book but thought I would use more “modern” fabrics. I think I was influenced by Kelly, my friend from Pinkadot Quilts. I love everything she sews. It always looks fresh and new.
When I sew four blocks together, the centers will have appliqué joining the stems. Will they look better then? Or should I rip them out and find lighter fabrics and size them down and re-sew? I hate ripping out, but hand appliqué is a big time investment. Next project, I'm staying–no wallowing– in my personal color comfort zone.


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  1. Andra Rudershausen says

    WOW…I hate to say this but the stems are too dark. They overwhelm the lovely flowers and leaves….ugh. So much work went into this I
    think it would be worth it to change the stems. Everything else is awesome and I think you will like the final product very much if you
    rip and resew. Sorry sorry. I could be wrong but that’s how it strikes me.

  2. I like your colors better than the quilt from the book. I agree with those that say the stems will look better once you add the applique centers.

  3. Christine says

    I think these blocks will look really cool once you connect them. The stems look heavy now because they are not ‘rooted’. Keep going!

  4. I like them the way they are . You might be getting ahead of yourself. With the center pieces and border fabric choices as you go along, they will all tie together just right.

  5. Oh I can relate on so… many levels. And I always find it a hit or miss when testing the waters! I would never in a million years start to rip. I think if you add a SPECIAL color—maybe a lime green or some vibrant/rich color?) to the center it will pull them all together. Also you might be hitting yourself a bit hard on the whole project. I do not think it looks bad at all! Plus–not sure—but think you are involved with groups that have allot of donations and benefit items–whats the worst that could happen?

  6. Looks great to me. Wouldn’t change a thing.

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