600 mistakes later…

Seriously, you’ve heard the myth of Amish quilts including a humility block…well this is my humility quilt. I think the top is probably 8 years old and it waited all these years for me to improve my quilting skills….let’s just say I felt very challenged quilting this one. AND let’s all give thanks to 100% cotton batting which will crinkle up and hide at least 300 of those errors 🙂

In spite of it all, I love the quilt and am so appreciative of Mom piecing this Irish Chain for me so long ago. Tomorrow will be spent binding it and I should come in under the deadline for finishing this…my oldest UFO before the end of the year.


34 Responses to “600 mistakes later…”

  • Marina Louw:


    the quilt is lovely – I think you should not be so critical about you own work – I can’t see any mistakes !

    Happy New Year to you and your family!

  • I think it’s beautiful…. let if rest for a day or two and you will have a hard finding those ‘mistakes’!

  • I agree with the others. It looks beautiful to me and has reminded me that I really want to make an Irish Chain quilt.

  • Enjoy sleeping under this labor of Love from your Mother. You have made it even more beautiful with your quilting.

  • Mary, it’s beautiful and no one but you will ever notice a mistake. Besides, as quilters we don’t make mistakes, we make design choices! Any choice you made is what adds character to your quilt!

    And hey…if you’re not happy with it, feel free to send it to me! :o)

  • Peggy:

    Love it, agree with all other comments, just lovely.

  • Sheila:

    Wow… you’re blessed with an incredible mom! The quilt and quilting are beautiful. I don’t think I ever want to make a quilt that doesn’t crinkle… which batting did you use?

  • Your quilt is wonderful. I made an Irish Chain for a niece several years ago and loved it. I should put it on my list of quilts to be made. That unfortunately ranks about 10. I have so many to do before a quilt for me. I do know that it will be blue and white. Thanks for sharing.

  • Wow – it’s beautiful even before crinkling!! What a wonderful collaboration you and your mother have created.

  • Wash it and put it away for a month and you will not be able to find any errors! I think it’s beautiful.

  • Susan:

    600 mistakes? I think you’re being too hard on yourself. I think your quilt is beautiful and the memories you have in this quilt are priceless!

  • Cindy Kuipers:


  • Nanette:

    It is beautiful, you will have great memories of your mother piecing it for you, and it will keep you warm. I don’t see any mistakes from here.

  • Put those “mistakes” out of your mind and enjoy the quilt. No one else is going to see them or even look for them. Put your mind at ease. Happy New Year!

  • Louise:

    The quilt is absolutely beautiful! I would like to have one just like it! One more on my list:)

  • This quilt is just perfectly lovely; I tried machine quilting the past two days on one of the twin’s lap quilts–manohman–I am NOT GOOD at that. AND I don’t like the way it came out. BUT–one good thing: if Grand’mere made it, they won’t care–especially with the flannel backing and the superheroes on the front!! My Grand’mere used to say you have to have a mistake in each quilt and leave it there, because no human is perfect….I like that…Julierose

  • Sue Anderson:

    Absolutely gorgeous! What a wonderful gift from your Mom to you and what a wonderful gift you have given her that it’s quilted and ready for binding…great way to end 2011!

  • Deb Praus:

    Mary, Mary, Mary

    Way too hard on yourself…….a washing and you won’t be able to find the “mistakes” and if you do, I’m with Carolyn, you could send it to me, better yet, I’ll drive up and get it! LOL

    I LOVE it! It matches my house perfectly.

  • It’s gorgeous! Happy binding.

  • That is SUCH a stunner of a quilt, Mary. It’s going to be gorgeous. Thank heaven for cotton batting…hides a multitude of sins, doesn’t it?!!

  • I’m sure you spent many frustrating moments with this quilt, but we wouldn’t have known unless you told us. IT’S GORGEOUS!!! Isn’t it a wonderful feeling to have your oldest UFO finished. Great way to end the year. Thanks for sharing about your mistakes. Sometimes, I think I’m the only one who struggles with my quilting.

  • Just beautiful. Remember, any errors you think you made are much more obvious to you than they are to anyone else.

    Did your Mom pre-wash the fabric? I think to be safe I’d add lots of color catchers and wash with synthropol the first time. It’s too beautiful and precious to risk the red running.

  • Just beautiful, Mary!

  • Kim:

    What a perfect time of year to finish up this quilt. The washing and drying will make a difference, pretty amazing how this can remedy many quilting glitches and bobbles. Your mom must be pleased to see it done and no doubt only sees the beauty in this mother and daughter quilt project. So very pretty and special.

  • Darlis Johns:

    It is lovely. And special because of you and your Mom.

  • Deb:

    Your Irish chain is absolutely beautiful, gorgeous.

  • Hannah:

    I think it looks great. It has me wanting to make one just like it.

  • Silverthimble:

    Congratulations to you and your Mom on such a beautiful finish!

  • It looks fabulous! Congrats on finishing it in 2011!!

  • It really is a beautiful quilt!

  • Beautiful work. Although you may see 600 mistakes, it they are the last thing anyone else would notice looking at it. Congratulations on finishing up your oldest UFO. What was the second oldest?

  • Cyndi Holguin:

    Love your quilt you and your Mom did a wonderful job. that quilt is on my list I just have not decided what color to make it Red/White is really pretty. A friend of mine once told me if you hang the quilt on a fence and look at it while riding a horse and reasonable pace and it looks great, all is well. I think in the picture and riding Star (my horse) at a regular pace. “This is one Awesome quilt.” 🙂

  • Beautiful! Red and white quilts are so striking, and this one is beautiful! This makes me want to make one….I guess I will have to add this to my list. LOL!

  • Carol in Canada:

    Wow I an so envious of your quilt and machining. A heirloom to cherish. What a beautiful gift from your Mom. Love it.Cheers Carol

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