When I was a classroom teacher and a student would point out a mistake I had made, I would always say, "I'm so glad I have such smart students in my class!" And now with this quilt blog, I have to say, "I'm so glad I have such sharp-eyed readers!"
It is amazing to me how I can work on a block, press it, see it laid out on my design wall, photograph it, post it to my blog - and never once notice the mistake! Thank goodness several readers caught this error while it was still in the block stage and not so dreadful to rip out. One reader called it a "humility block." Can you see the mistake I made in the top Kansas Troubles block? The second block is the corrected version.
I made this Kansas Troubles block for my Farmer's Daughter Sampler Quilt. There's no error in the construction but definitely an error in fabric choice. The pattern design is completely lost. I worked hard to prevent that when I made the Kansas Troubles block for my Irish Great-Grandpa Sampler Quilt. I'm much happier with the green, yellow, and brown version because the design is much more apparent.
Can you see the error in this Chocolate Lover block? A reader kindly pointed it out to me, but, unfortunately, the block is firmly entrenched in a finished quilt, so that's the way it will stay. A humility block for sure!
With this March Wind block, a reader's daughter pointed out my error to her mother, who kindly pointed it out to me. I remember thinking that the block looked unusual when I made it, but it never occurred to me that was because of an error on my part!
Here's the correct version, which they kindly re-drew for me.
I was watching a TV show last night on the subject of inattentional blindness. "That's a term that describes our inability to notice something that's happening right in front of us, usually because it's unexpected, or because our attention is focused elsewhere." Read more here. Maybe that's my problem!
Has this ever happened to you, or am I the only quilter out there with this problem? Here's an interesting article about humility blocks.
You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post here.