Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Good Screw Up Keeps You Humble

Sometimes you have to laugh, call yourself an idiot and then put on your big girl panties and fix your mistake. This is my peace sign quilt...well, almost. Notice something missing...we'll I didn't and neither did all the people who read this pattern for me. Nice to know at least I wasn't alone. Too bad the commenter who pointed out my mistake was anonymous. I'd like to thank her. She's got a great eye for seeing what's really there, or not there in this case! Yup, the bottom bar of the peace sign is missing. Yeah, I have to redo the pattern. Shouldn't be hard, just embarrassing.

Good thing is I still love the quilt and it'll make me smile every time I use it.
So off to eat my crow and fix my mistake. What colors should I use for the next one?
Too bad it's not April 1....I missed being an April Fool by only one day. I guess I only get to be a regular everyday fool.

43 comments:

Why Not Sew? said...

You could call it your Mercedes Benz quilt, HA! I love the quilting.

creativedawn said...

Ok, I really was thinking that it was your interpreted design of a peace sign. Who am I to say your design is a mistake? No mistakes in design...it makes that quilt really special!!!!

hugz

Jamie said...

DOH! Gorgeous quilt, regardless!

Dawn S. said...

Just think of it as an Amish style Peace sign. The Amish purposely put an error in their quilts, as only the Lord can create perfection!

Greta said...

I think I like it better this way. I had to google peace signs to even figure out what you were talking about was missing. I think I would keep it. Adding that bottom bar might make it too busy and besides it's really about your own interpretation anyway, right? I love it the way it is!

KerryQ said...

Wow, I would stash that puppy out of my sight along with my big girl drawers rather than undo ALL of that hard work! I would moan for a while, too!

All the more reason for me to invest in a good, ergonomic seamripper! Hang in there!

Ann Marie said...

I am not sure what you are talking about, I would just leave it alone, especially if no one else noticed but one person.

Natasha said...

I notice it...but assumed I had always drawn peace signs wrong and you finally showed me how it was supposed to be! Oh well. Cute quilt!

tammie said...

hahaha-
i first saw your post on my google reader this morning and i kept looking at it thinking "isn't there a third bar?" i looked it up on google images because i thought i was going crazy.

but you know what? i love that you shared it with us even though it wasn't what you initially set out to do! and it's a gorgeous quilt no matter what.

Cathy said...

Don't worry about the mistake because nobody is perfect. I don't think I have ever done a project perfectly anyway. It is beautiful and I am sure you will love it with all its imperfections.
Cathy

Alissa said...

I too was thinking well, it's a Mercedes quilt... You know I'm a fan of the Mercedes!! ha. The quilting is so great! Hope those allergies get better soon!!

Suzanne said...

As a math teacher, I think it would be a great math problem for students: how many squares have to shift to include the middle leg of the peace sign? How can you keep the proportions the same but scale it larger?

See, you are just helping curriculum.

WandaFish said...

But Jacquie, the bottom bar is there only you coloured it the same as the background! It's a great quilt - just rename it if you feel awkward about the 'missing' piece, lol.

Leila said...
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Leila said...

Seems like mistakes are in the air sorry about that deleted comment!
I was going to say I need to make one of these quilts for my boy he loves Mercedes so this would be perfect for him :-)

Tracy said...

You could just rename it (much easier)"Ode to Mercedes". :)

quiltaholic said...

Turn it upside down - and it looks like a Y inside of an O. You could name it "OY!". :)

Poppyprint said...

You've got a great sense of humour, Jacquie. Sorry about the missed missing bit. I'd love to see it done in orange/yellow/grey if you're going to take a second crack at it!

Petit Design Co. said...

he he! we all do dumb things sometimes. I thought there was something off in your earlier post but I didn't notice it :)

Allabitrandom said...

A bit of peace is better than none at all and the quilt is just fine the way it is!

Laurie said...

It took me FOREVER to figure out what "bar" you were talking about. I NEVER put that bar in a hand drawn peace sign. To me it's PERFECT! I say leave the pattern as is!
Laurie

Carol T said...

Your quilt still looks good. I really like your quilting. I love the look of your blog now.

ktquilts said...

Heavens, don't be embarrassed. Only people who refuse to admit imperfections should be embarrassed! I like you better for being real!

Blessings!

teaginny said...

just call it your Mercedes-Benz quilt
LOL!

Nell said...

I just love the quilting! Never mind the 'mistake' which I never would have noticed!

EG said...

It's your Mercedes quilt!

My mom made me some Mercedes socks accidentally at a girl scout event, but luckily it was just puffy paint.

Anonymous said...

It's a great quilt. If it were my quilt (and I wish it were), I would consider changing the quilting by making it straight line quilting where the bar should be and say "I meant to do that!" Quilting is so forgiving : )

Vicki said...

I love the quilt, J. And you are not a fool!

izzy inspired said...

I love it...in all it's flawed glory. if it was my quilt and my mistake, I would name it Humble and cherish it as a reminder of me....flawed in all my glory!! Besides it's about time the peace symbol gets a remodel, lol.

Rene' said...

I love your peace sign quilt!!! I thought you left that bottom part out on purpose. I made a peace sign quilt last year for a school auction and I deliberated for a while on whether to include the bottom bar or not and drew it out both ways before deciding. I have seen peace signs with and without so if I were you I would keep it as is. I love the quilting lines on this quilt. It must have taken you forever...well, it would have taken me forever :-)

Anonymous said...

Hey, our family loves German cars! The Mercedes symbol is great, BUT, VW would be even better!

Carla said...

The quilt is great Jacquie! I think it happens quite a bit, actually....a few years ago some students at Shawnee Mission East HS printed off what they thought were peace symbols onto tee shirts....turns out the symbols looked just like yours! The press loved it!

Anonymous said...

To me it looks like the Eiffel Tower! It could be your Tres Chic Quilt!!

Tammy Vasser said...

I just didn't see what was missing. I finally had to Google "Peace Sign" to figure it out. Now, I get it!

Marie said...

I'm guessing most of us were drooling over the grid quilting and never even noticed...fabulous job!

Cheryl said...

I agree -- give it to someone who drives a Mercedes! Or send it to Mercedes themselves. Maybe they'll send you a car as a thank you!

Feltsey said...

I love your mess-up. Personally, I've been screwing stuff up for over 40 years and trying to fix my mistakes, or at least learning from them. My sister and I once made blouses out of some really mod fabric with cool circles and dots. Guess where the circles ended up? Unwearable.

Deere Driver said...

The y Chromosome quilt was my first thought. Flip it!

Rebecca said...

I also had to google peace signs to find out what you meant by a missing bar. :)

Barbara Strobel Lardon said...

Have to say I noticed it but I am a 60's girl! :)
Love that you took it in stride though.

Regina said...

Too funny. I'm a teacher and there was a peace sign that one class of kids had made in our front hallway at school. Every time I'd pass it, I'd think something was not quite right ~ but I couldn't figure it out. Then one day a music teacher from another school visited and said, "You guys forgot something in that peace sign!" Same thing! And I lived through the peace movement. So don't feel badly!!!!!

kayleighinstitches said...

Snickered a bit. Makes a noobie like me feel better about attaching my binder from the back to the front instead of the other way around :) But if we were perfect quilts, we'd have nothing to learn :)

MightyMom said...

that's a great Mercedes quilt!!