Saturday, April 21, 2007

Mistakes are not welcomed!

I cannot say that as of late I have been focused when it comes to quilting. Of the two (2) projects I started, two mistakes were made. I think it's confirmed, I have Quilter's Attention Deficit (QAD) ! I need my medicine, where's my chocolate!

Last Sunday I decided that I needed to start something new again. It's so much fun to plan a new quilt! I decided that I would work on the Welcome Home pattern by Joined at the Hip, that I bought on my last quilting therapy session. I began by making the house, that worked out great! I think as quilters we all have a favorite instruction layout. I cannot say that for this pattern the designer's choice is my ideal. Except for the borders, I like cutting all the pieces of one colour at the same time. The pattern instructs you to cut what is needed as per quilt sections. In other words, if you follow the instructions, you are constantly changing fabrics. What I did was look throughout the pattern for same colour pieces and cut accordingly.

On Thursday I worked on machine appliqueing the letters. I used freezer paper as templates and glued the edge of my fabric on the template. After completion, although I was using water soluble stabilizer, I thought I would trim the excess off anyway. BIG MISTAKE! Not using my usual sharp scissors, I managed to cut into the background fabric right at the 1/4 inch seam allowance on the last letter. So I now have a small cut right under the last letter E. Boy, was I pissed and let me tell you my extra curricular vocabulary education came in handy! All that work, down the drain!

Last night I worked on another set of letters to be machined appliqued this morning. I'd like to get this wall hanging done so that I can hang it on my brick wall. I do need to order the hanger, which I will do today. I may even order another pattern. They do have some nice primitive folk art patterns.

On this project I used the Avery Glue Pen and let me tell you, they are a charm to use. No more glue all over your hands and pieces. They are much more precise than your standard glue stick and well worth the cost. What a pleasure it was to use!

Aside from my QAD acting up, the weather in Upstate New York has been marvelous. We had a 68F degree spring day yesterday. I was able to sit outside, soaking up the sun while hand stitching the binding on Carolyn's quilt. A beautiful day indeed! Today should be another spring day. Time to put the pool up!


Silverthimble said...

Thanks for the tip on the Avery glue pen!

Leigh said...

Is that what that blood curdling scream was that I heard yesterday? LOL
There is only one thing to say when things like that happen and that's....bugger!!!
Actually there are lots more things you can say but better stick to bugger.
Looks like we both got what we wanted with the weather. You got sunshine we got rain - yay!

Quilts And Pieces said...

I know that wall hanging - I've always wanted to make that one! And I've done the same thing as you before! I ended up having to applique a square over the hole and then I was so disgusted I never finished the wall hanging. I should though - it was really fun.

Pam said...

I've never heard of the Avery glue pen, I will have to check it out.

And, oh, you just reminded me - I bought a chocolate bar from a group of school kids at the mall today --- gotta go!! LOL

Anonymous said...

I love this wallhanging!
can't wait to see yours finished.
We have all done that , don't be so hard on yourself!!!!
Kathie in NJ

Wendy said...

I very good quilt instructor friend said to me "hang your quilt in the window and drive by at 40km, and if you don't see the mistake than don't worry about it".
Thanks for the glue tip.

Darlene said...

I love those Avery glue pens!

Ease up on yourself - have more chocolate! LOL

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I haven't heard of the glue pens either, I need to look for them I do use a glue stick normally for this type of thing. I'd be screaming, too if I cut into the s.a. at the very end! The letters look good, though.

swooze said...

I can't wait to see the finished piece. Yes when I start making mistakes I have learned to walk away. I hope you can fix that spot without redoing it.

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