Civil War Bride Quilt Update: the need for symmetry!

Good day, my Friends! I have been able to add a few more pieces to my CWB quilt block on and off. My second to the latest progress picture is show below:

Did you notice anything amiss? How about a closeup? Yeap, the stem on the left is fatter than the stem on the right.

I was greatly distressed by the asymmetry. You know, we engineers are crazy about symmetry. I thought long and hard about whether to redo one of the stems because of the fact that it takes me probably 30-45 minutes to get a piece appliqued from start to finish. In the end, I did what I was compelled to do. I re-did the stem on the left:

I feel, as a result, a better person for re-doing the applique! Oh, my idiosyncrasies and I! At this rate, I would probably never finish my Civil War Bride quilt…

17 thoughts on “Civil War Bride Quilt Update: the need for symmetry!

  1. Glad that you took it out, else you wont be able to sleep well! Hehe. Those extra 30-45 minutes spent were worth it!!

  2. Boy – I love applique [FUSIBLE] but I don’t think I could make this quilt! Good for you on taking it out, if it’s going to bother you to leave it in then you’d better make it right. This quilt has far too much work in it to let it go!

  3. You will finish. I know you, Wendy, and you will. It really does look better, so I think you did the right thing. It is going to be gorgeous when you’re done, but just enjoy the process. Somethings are meant to move slowly, like a good wine aging.


    Sheila :-)

  4. Wendy glad you are ahead of me so you can find all these imperfections. You are doing a great job it is beautiful

  5. lovely==i can see the point of not taking it out, but also of re-doing it. sometimes i’m just super, super specific about what i’m doing and others not–depends on the day. but i also know when i just have to re-do something if i don’t i will never be happy with the results. will love to see the finished project, but don’t stress. have a great day

  6. LOL I would do the same thing! My eyes would always look at the fatter stems – so no way out! Resewing :-)
    I have a mother who´s knitting….often she has almost get a shirt finish, then she saw a error at the back….
    She start all over again…there may not be any errors in her knittingworks….talk about perfectionism ;-)

  7. I agree–being a perfectionist can be so trying, but the end result is so much better. If you don’t fix it, it will look at you every time you pass it! It was so worth fixing–your work is amazing–I enjoy looking at it because I hand applique also–back basting method for me– and machine quilt with a Bernina 140. I have learned so much from you. Thank you.

  8. That eye for detail and drive to make it as perfect as possible is what makes you excel in your work.

    Is that top photo what the finished product will look like? That’s a LOT of applique!

  9. Like your colors. Am doing it as a block of the month. In case you haven’t figured it out yet those 2 really strange leaves are really hummingbirds. Somehow the designer missed that. There’s one more in a peacock block. Love the quilt. Makes me smile everytime I look at it. Don’t think I would worry too much a out the difference in stem widths. This is one of those quilts where you can be less than symmetrical and have a wonderful quilt.

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