There is a long standing theory/myth that traditionally quilters made one intentional mistake in every quilt- turning a block wrong, using a different color patch, etc- as a religious tradition. Because only God is perfect, no one should attempt to make a perfect quilt, so women supposedly included a “humility block” in all their quilts. According to quilt historians and scholars there has never been a single documented case of this. There are plenty of quilts with one mistake in them, but no evidence from a primary source that they are intentional.
When putting together my last post, I discovered my very own “humility bl0ck” and I assure you, it was fully unintentional. I didn’t see it when I laid out the block, sewed the block, pieced the quilt, sandwiched the quilt, or even quilted the mistake block itself. In fact, I didn’t see it at all until I posted photos of the quilt. Our eyes are incredible editors aren’t they?
I’m totally okay with it my humility block, I think it gives the quilt character! A little mark of my humanity in the work.