Rules are Rules
Rules are rules, but when I reject 10 blocks for not following the color rules for this month’s block … it feels like I must be failing somehow to communicate them to all of you.
I always feel bad when I have to reject blocks for not following the color/fabric guidelines, especially because in my own scrappy quilts, you are likely to find those kind of rule-breaking blocks. But then I start feeling all kinds of ambivalent because it feels unfair to the quilters whom have read and followed the directions to allow the rule-breaking blocks.
Ultimately I come back to the REASON for having color/fabric guidelines: to make it easier for the winners to put all our very different blocks together into a quilt.
Would it help if I repeated the color/fabric rules in a more specific way on the at-a-glance page? In the block announcement on the first of the month? In their own post?