Because I'm a perfectionist and I can't be entirely happy unless things are the way I think they ought to be.
Remember the new project I just started working on that I spoke about in my last post by Australian designer Leanne Beasley? Well, I had just about finished stitching the first block I was working on when Marlene, a gal who reads my blog, sent me a link to her version of the same quilt that she had made back in 2012. Marlene doesn't have a blog so she sent me the link to Judi Madsen's blog at Green Fairy Quilts.
If you want to be blown away, just click HERE.
there was just something about the layout and the flowers in the original design that just didn't sit right with me. As an artist, I don't mind a bit of whimsy but I also like a touch of realism.
The night that Marlene sent me the link to her Down in the Garden quilt, all I did was dream about it. When I woke up, I knew that I had to make some changes to the original line drawing until I was satisfied with it.
Here's what I came up with.
So it's gone from this...
I am sooooo much happier with this layout.
Because I'm not a match-y kinda gal, I changed the symmetry of Leanne's original line drawing to an asymmetrical version and added different flowers, leaves and some honey bees! I left the wording that she used in tact because those sentiments reflect how I too feel when I'm in our garden.
So what does this mean? I now have to redraw virtually all of the remaining nine blocks so that they harmonize with my altered one. I'm looking forward to working on them one at a time, when I need a break from stitching.
Because the nights are getting cool now, Mr. Painted Quilt started the stove in the kitchen this morning. I'll leave you with this photo of Frankie and Ollie having their first "by-the-stove" cuddle of the season.