We got some bad news yesterday that has been partially taken back today. That is Eva getting a smooch on the cheek from our Remy. (She was eating a cupcake and he had designs on those crumbs on her lips). Poor little guy has been limping lately, and his right thigh muscles have gotten noticeably smaller (atrophy). We got him into the vet yesterday and were told that he had injured himself awhile back and probably would need surgery to put a pin in his knee. Oh, and there was a fuzzy area on the x-ray that might be cancer.
That is such a bad word, and certainly has terrible associations in my family. But, today the lab results came back and our Rem does not have cancer. (We are all doing a happy dance). He just needs to have an expensive operation to repair his injury. Ok, we will all deal with that. Honestly, he is such a good dog, it pains me to think of not having him around forever. He is technically Sara and Ryan's dog, but he spends a lot of time with us. He and Ozzie are practically brothers. (Think Devil/Angel). Whew. I just want to have Remy around for the foreseeable future.
Yesterday was my day off (and man, did I ever need a break from work). I just spent it puttering around in my sewing room, and ended up doing a few blocks over again. Do you ever do that? You just aren't 100% satisfied with your first effort and cannot let it go. You finally succumb to the impulse to just make the thing over.
My first do-over was the Triangle Gatherings block, above. I just wasn't loving the block on the left. That type of block is so tricky to do right. If you are even a HAIR off in your seams, those lines will not line up perfectly. It came out ok, it was just my least favorite block in the sew along. Lisa Bongean (Primitive Gatherings) is still cranking out these variations of blocks you can make with sixteen half square triangles, and she published Block 76 recently, and I liked it so much I had to have it in my quilt. It is pinwheels, how cute is that? So I did a re-do and replaced the block on the left with the block on the right.
Ok, that was a successful Re-do.
Next up was my ModaBlockheads block of the week. My first effort is on the left. I like the contrast of the fabrics, as the block design is showcased really well, but the block came out so wonky, it was hardly square. That bugged me no end. So I remade the block with fabrics that had less of a contrast. The block came out perfectly square and was executed well. But I dunno, what do you think? Which block is better?
Harrumph. Not all Re-dos are an improvement. I wanted to re-do my pumpkin/bird block on the left because I thought my appliqué wasn't so great. I didn't use matching thread on the bobbin and it kind of showed through and bugged me. So I thought I would re-make the block. When the second block on the right was finished, the appliqué job was clearly better. But the pumpkin shape is awful! I had forgotten that I customized the appliqué pattern when I made it and did a nice fat symmetrical pumpkin. Ugh. This re-do was a fail. My first bird is better too.
So, weigh in friends. Is it worth it to spend the time re-making blocks that you are not 100% loving? Or should you just leave well enough alone?
Have a great weekend everyone!