It’s a Wrap – Last Week’s Finish

My Strippy "Revisited"

“BIQR Revisited” – finished

Last week I linked up with crazymomquilts for Finish it up Friday but forgot to post a picture so here it is a week later.

This finish is actually a “redo.” I started it over a year ago at Gwen Marston’s 30th and final Beaver Island Retreat.

I came to the retreat with the intention of making a quilt similar to Gwen’s in her book: Freddy and Gwen Collaborate Again (page 34). I have always liked strippys and I had a drawer full of triangles leftover from other quilts – it seemed like the perfect project.

The beginning strips of my Scrappy Thriangle Strippy

The beginning strips of my Scrappy Thriangle Strippy


However, when I got home I wasn’t happy with what I’d made. My intention wasn’t to copy Gwen’s exactly, but I wanted it to have the same “feel” and I just wasn’t “feeling” like I had achieved that.

Now here comes the part that makes Catherine cringe – I didn’t just toss it or pass it on – I started taking it apart. Almost all apart. I named my “new” quilt “Beaver Island Revisited.”

New strippy....getting closer.

New strippy….getting closer.

Detail of Triangles and Quilting

Detail of triangles and quilting




From the numerous partially finished blocks/quilts that I have found over the years at The Legacy, I would say I’m not the only one who doesn’t always like (or finish) what they’ve started….



Unwanted/unfinished blocks don’t interest everyone, but -as you can read in my post May Baskets– I have been known to purchase those “boo-boos” and remake them.

What do you do when a project you started doesn’t turn out the way you hoped or imagined? Do you take your projects apart and start over? Do you give it away? Repurpose it? Do you finish blocks others have abandoned?





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5 Responses to It’s a Wrap – Last Week’s Finish

  1. I just want them to “go away”. However they wan to do that is okay with me. But mostly, I have to help them. You are funny!!

    • Fern says:

      I totally understand the wish for them to go away! And some times that works for me. I often feel like I am walking that fine line between adopting too many “strays” and knowing when to just say NO.

  2. Lolly says:

    I have been known to cut blocks up and then reconstruct them into something surprisingly different. It has its rewards. Fun to learn about your revisiting your quilt

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