Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Rowdy Flat Library Quilt Block Three

I'm sure that you have all heard of poetic license. Right? Well I have used artistic license on this block. By accident. I'll blame it on pain.

I started this block before I had my elbow and hand surgery. I was trying to get as much stitching as possible finished before my surgery, so I don't think I was as careful as usual in reading the directions for this block. Therefore, a big mistake was made. Usually if I make a mistake in my stitching, I will remove the part that is wrong and start over. However, in this case I was just too far into the block to be able to start over.

I made the outside wreath, (the one with the leaves) too small. If appliqued pieces are removed from the background fabric, in my experience it leaves marks. You can see an example in the above photo. I have been diligently stitching away this week. My hand and my elbow have been screaming at me in the evening, and my surgery was only four weeks ago. So, long story short... I'm making up my own Block Three. Not all of it, and the original concept is still there. My center is very crowded, but I kind of like it. The corners are kind of bare, and I'm adding to them. I'm still using the pattern that was provided by the author of the Rowdy Flat Library Quilt. I'm using her shapes, but putting them in different places.

I think that my Block Three is going to be heavily appliqued, and may be a bit different than the other appliqued squares, so I'm going to use it as my center square. I adore this pattern and just can't wait until I see it completed. It is colorful and fun and a bit of a challenge. I'm all about stitching on quilts that challenge me in some way, and this one is perfect. So perfect, in fact, that I have ordered another large pattern from the same designer. Her name is Susan Smith, and I hope she forgives me for tweaking her pattern.

Oh, and if you are wondering what surgery I had done- All because I spend my life stitching- I had a Carpal Tunnel Release, and a Subcutaneous Ulnar Transposition ( That means they moved the nerve in my elbow to a new, more protected position). AND I think I have to have the same thing done on my other side. I will find out in a week. Fun, right? However, if I didn't get it repaired, there was a high probability that I would have lost the use of my hand.


  1. So very pretty! Happy Tuesday ♥

  2. I like your block and putting it in the center will be a great idea to account for any differences in size-it might even be better. I love this quilt!

  3. Such a lot of work involved but oh so worth it.

  4. I adore this quilt, I love applique, and am trtimg to learn how to do it. This quilt pattern is so inspiring, I enjoy seeing your progress with it x

  5. Your stitching is beautiful in spite of the pain. The arthritis in my left hand keeps me from doing too much machine stitching and foundation piecing. I bought Susan's Stonefields pattern when I was in Australia last year and am eagerly looking forward to starting on it.

    1. I just bought it too and I'm looking forward to working on it!