For such an simple pattern, Space Invaders quilt top took a lot of perseverance, unsewing/resewing and stubbornness to complete.
The last picture of Space Invaders looked like a bomb was detonated on the black rectangles.
And the quilt top looked a lot worse before things improved, but it was worth it. The center looks so much better with the focus fabric replacing the solid black rectangles.
Once that was completed it was decision time regarding the borders. The pattern called for 5″ borders which required careful cutting since the focus fabric is directional.
However the more that I looked at the borders, the more unhappy I was. The Space Invaders characters printed on the fabric were too small for such a wide border, so the first decision was to trim the border down to 3 1/2″.
Better – the next challenge was what to do with the side borders. Since I started with 1 yard of the Space Invaders fabric, I knew that there would need to be alternate blocks to achieve the length needed.
Nope, blocks with random colors wasn’t going to work – what is Plan C or is it Plan D now? Okay, 3″ finished alternate blocks on one color with 3″ focus fabric squares. Since there is only one strip of yellow in the center, maybe it would look good with yellow alternate blocks.
That isn’t what I wanted. The yellow alternate blocks are yelling “Look at me! Look at me!” instead on complimenting the center. The dark turquoise squares, however, receive an A+ for playing well with others.
The Space Invaders may have won a few skirmishes, but I won the war. Right now all I feel as I look at this top is frustration, tired of all the decisions necessary and relief that it is finished. In a couple of months or years I will know if I am really happy with the final result. For now, done is good.
Why is it that some quilting projects are a battlefield from start to finish and some flow so smoothly that you are sad when they are completed?
This marks another UFO off the list – YEAH! – and time for something different. I wonder what that project will be. Hmmm
Happy quilting and stay healthy,