My Sea-Fever quilt needed a back. I wanted to keep it simple and bring in the “star to steer her by” from the poem. I also wanted to use some of the leftover fabric from the front. My plan was to insert a star from the background fabric into a long, narrow panel of the front fabric. Good plan, right? So away I went with my piecework.
First time I’d ever worked with angles, but thanks to a handy tutorial from Jenny of the Missouri Star Quilt Company, I had a good clean star in no time. I was really proud of myself. I even used the cut off corners to improv a few flying geese.
And then I noticed that I’d made it wrong way around – the star was supposed to be in the dark blue, and the wave pattern on the background. D’oh!
So I changed my plans and used the long strip of fabric from the front as a side panel, while the star shines alone in its dark field. In the end I like that better anyway, and it wound up using the fabric I had more efficiently so that I have only a few scraps left over.
Have you ever done something like this? How did you deal with it? Did you pick it out? Go with it? Start a whole new project? Because somehow I think it might happen again…