Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Who Said I Was A Quilter?

Before you look at today's block, step back from your computer about 10 feet, squint, and take a sip of wine...wait for the wine to kick in...

I wonder how many excuses I can come up with as to why this block is soooo bad...

1. My regular sewing machine is being serviced, so I had to make this on my travel machine.

2. The software has no instructions.

3. I have no quarter-inch foot on this machine.

4. I made it on a Monday morning.

5. My husband spiked my coffee.

6. I'm a sad excuse for a quilter.

This is the perfect example of how being off by even just 1/16th of an inch in every seam can add up to problems in blocks this small. Most of this block was made using rotary cutting...that was the biggest mistake.

At first glance, I thought I would need to sew some Y-seams, but after studying how my friend Tropical Screamer made her block, I realized that I could avoid them by cutting the pieces a bit differently and still get the same look. Yes, I managed to avoid the Y-seams, but I did a bad job with the piecing.

This is "A-11, Pebble's Protest", an intermediate-level block. I don't know who Pebble is, but I think I'll call it "Anya's Protest" because I protest the way this looks....but I'm moving on to the next block anyway...

P.S. I just thought up another excuse...it's really just my version of free piecing (a la Lazy Gal Quilting). Wonky is in.


Jackie said...

You are too funny! I love to make excuses too, especially in cases like these where it doesn't come out quite the way you had wanted. Oh well.... lesson learned. Have no fear your next one will be great!!

Yvette said...

Once that baby is in the quilt you will never notice any imperfections. That is what everyone keeps telling me about my blocks. LOL! I think it is great!!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh boy I had to laugh. I have done things like that before, and wondered - where did that come from!! You are right, wonky is in. But my seam ripper still works :-)

Barb said...

Anya, you are a quilter !!!...but part of quilting is what I have been taught is a *humility block*, I think this is yours! But it is still a pretty one :-)...I agree in the quilt with all the other blocks, only you will know! Your DJs are great, I love them all!

Zoey said...

I was chuckling all the way through this post, Anya. We have all had those days. I agree that once it's all done, nobody will notice.

I just sewed the wrong color in three places in a new PP pattern.

Tropical Screamer said...

Thanks for the giggle, Anya.

I had a terrible flashback when I saw which block you were working on. I can vividly remember that I considered for about 1/10th of a second if I should make this block over.

After I slapped myself silly, I moved on to the next block as quickly as I could.


I love your fabrics, as always. And I feel as though we both won since we got this little jewel done.

Best regards,