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

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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