I bought this very old redwork piece probably 20 years ago off of Ebay. I was disappointed when I received it as it just wasn't very attractive. The embroidery is very primitive, too much open space. The fabric was rough (done on old feedsacks) and was a grayish color. And then there was a missing block in the corner. So I tucked it away. I came across it recently and since I've been on a roll cutting stuff up I decided I could do something with this.
I took my rulers and fussy cut all of the embroidered areas out into smaller pieces.
It's taken a couple weeks of arranging, rearranging, fussy piecing, etc. and I've finally created something I'm decently happy with. Because the embroidery is a bit on the "creative side" it gave me permission to have my piecing the same which took away some of the pressure trying to make it perfect-ish.
I don't feel like I was disprespectful to this piece but rather created something that is more pleasing to the eye. I'll be adding embellishments, of course, after the quilting is done.