Week 6 of work on “Village of Hawk Run Hollow”, aka “MFBville”, has passed and this is what I have to show for it — one more square finished! Two down, ten to go!
“St. Peter’s Church” was my second least favorite square on the chart, but it ended up being a blast to stitch. I had severe reservations about two things, the first being the stained glass windows. I was worried that they looked too modern for the overall look of the piece, but in the end, I think they’re darling, and an unusual focal point for this square.
My second reservation was the writing at the top that says, “The Rev. Isiah Cook”. Most of the squares in this piece include little written descriptions of the buildings in MFBville, such as “Opal’s Boarding House” and “Nathan Huffer, Blacksmith”. I think those are cute, but the “Rev. Isiah Cook” seemed a little bizarre. But if I left it off, the top center area of the top center square would look out of place, empty where all the other squares are full. So I stitched it for lack of a better plan. What worked in my favor, though, is that I made a big mistake.
See those tree leaves? Yeah, they’re supposed to be in a kicky darker green. I sorta, kinda completely misread the chart, and backstitched (actually I almost always use double running stitch instead of backstitch) the entire tree in the color that was supposed to be limited to the branches. I didn’t notice until I had finished the first tree, and didn’t feel at all inclined to rip it out; thankfully I’m usually pretty quick to find justification for ignoring mistakes.
The tried and true justification is the old Amish technique of always putting one intentional mistake into a quilt because “only God is perfect”. This seems like such a delightful approach to take. Not a project goes by here at Maple Hoo that you don’t hear the stitcher say (most often not long after they start it), “Well, there’s my one mistake! Heh.” So this little slip up can be my one “only God is perfect mistake”. Now I just have to be perfect the rest of the way… Of course, a less pressure-packed justification is to say that this dull green is much more like what a willow tree should look like. Anyway, the upshot of the mistake is that the writing, done in the same color as the trees, receeds nicely, and now it doesn’t bug me at all.
Rollie, by the way, didn’t want to be left out of this in progress report, so she helped me take pictures of the work.