Monday, April 23, 2007

Tah Dah! a finish!

At last, I have finished Carolyn's quilt, Funky Horse Pasture. This is a good thing as my daughter has a horseback riding lesson this afternoon. There isn't much to say except that this quilt was plagued with cutting mistakes. Perhaps I'm being dramatic here, but from the borders on end, I just didn't have my act together with my ruler and rotary cutter.

The rule check once and cut twice can be applied here. I manage to cut the binding not as wide as my liking and only became aware of this as I was hand sewing saying, "Geez self, this is a short fold over!" I like cutting the strips three (3) inches wide, as it gives me more play in the back. This time I cut them two and a half (2 1/2) inches. It's not like I didn't have enough fabric. The binding came from the six (6) inches border strips that should have been cut six and one half (6 1/2). I have these one (1) inch strips left over. As I cut the binding I kept looking at my left overs as if they were some freakish objects. Even if it would have dawned on me after I had cut the first strip, I wouldn't have been able to correct it by then anyway. I barely had enough fabric for the binding. Perhaps it was a survival mechanism! lol

The machine quilting is nothing spectacular. I did an all over meandering. I find that it works well with this type of pattern. In my opinion, the fabric makes this pattern.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog. Have a great day!

15 comments:

The Calico Cat said...

I had several cutting issues with a YBR quilt, roo.

Cynthia said...

what a lovely quilt. I think it looks good with the meandering quilting you have done on it.

joyce said...

Some quilts are just like that. It looks great to me though and no one could ever tell you had cutting issues.

Kim said...

Your quilt turned out great! Cutting mistakes happen to everyone and are a part of the process. Just remember, there's always more fabric out there! LOL!

Nancy said...

It may have given you problems but it turned out very nice. :-)

Darlene said...

It's beautiful and she's going to love it!

swooze said...

It is beautiful. I am sure the instructor will love it!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

We become problem-solvers every step of the way, don't we? It looks fabulous! I'm sure Carolyn will adore it.

Wendy said...

We learn something from every quilt we make. Your fabrics are beautiful and in the end the quilt will be loved.

Samantha said...

Even with cutting issues, it certainly looks lovely!

Juliann said...

great colors in this quilt - I am famous for not checking my measurements before cutting - some things are harder to learn

Patti said...

I think I heard your sigh of relief way over here when you finished this one. I know she will love it. She'll never see any mistakes that you think are there, though it sounds like you fixed all of them. It's a beautiful quilt!

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

Perhaps you need a few days off from quilting to get out of your mistake phase. I love the "measure once, cut twice" description. When I find myself looking at the fabric and quilt as though it is some object that has fallen from outerspace, I know it is time for a break!

Leigh said...

Love the border fabric.
well done , she'll love it.

Pam said...

In the end though, it is such a lovely quilt, the colours are great. I love the dark blue border. I'm sure the riding instructor will be thrilled.

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