Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Have you read the mystery....."The Case of the Overconfident Quilter"?

Oh wait, think I was dreaming that and it was a nightmare. Nope, it actually
happened!!!!!! I have been working on the quilt that will be raffled off at the zoo. Things were going along nicely, that was until I found a mistake in the pattern after I had already cut a big part of the fabric. Luckily I bought quite a bit extra, so I escaped tragedy. Then I found another mistake in the pattern. On no Mr Bill, say it ain't so....! Phewwwww, thank goodness there is still some extra fabric. Now not trusting the pattern, and after all I am a professional, (this is what we say at work when we mess up :-)), I proceed by following the pictures and knowing that I have the situation under control. So much under control I managed to sew the wrong fabric to all the wrong squares. Rip, rip, rip, rip, rip, rip, rip, rip, rip......Ok this went on for wayyyyyy long, but after ripping out what I sewed wrong I am back on track. I love quilting, it is such a humbling sport :-)! I know these blocks look pretty harmless, but believe me they about did me in. There are all kinds of interlocking blocks happening and I hoping tomorrow night to start putting it all together. Please everyone keep your fingers and toes crossed for me!

Now with my ego slightly bruised I had to get something done just to get back on the horse. My Red, White and Bold quilt was back from being quilted, so I managed to get the binding on it. Love this quilt, and after washing it, the quilting looks so wonderful. Then I made a purse for the shop using charm squares out of the Swell line from Moda. Having two successes I think I can continue on!!!
Hope that all of you are having a great week, and that you are keeping your ripping to a minimum. I am bringing back the cupcake that my friend Nurse Carol made me just to remind myself to be POSTIVIE!!! Thanks Carol. See you later alligators :-)! PS -blogger spellcheck isn't working for
me again, so sorry about any typos!

20 comments:

Christine said...

Sounds like a frustrating time with the zoo quilt. Good on you for sorting it out in the end. I probably would have given up! The bag is gorgeous and I love your red, white and blue quilt. The quilting in the white border looks divine. Happy stitching.

Leanne said...

Your a better women than me I would have given up. I love the red and white quilt and your bag is fab.

Caryn said...

Yes, I have read that mystery many times myself! LOL! Love your quilts and your bag!

dawnkristine said...

I think that's why we quilters/crafters work on multiple projects at one time, when we get frustrated, we just keep on with something else...you projects look fabulous!

Pam said...

Cute, cute, cute bag!!

Pam@
www.pamgwillim.com

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Good for you to be making the zoo quilt - that's really kind! Such a shame it was being tricky - I think Dawn Kristine is right - that's why crafters often have so many projects on the go at once! Lucy x

Linda said...

What a pai that the pattern wasn't right, lucky you had enough fabric. That bag is so sweet, does it have a name? Your red white and blue quilt is terrific.

Dana said...

Ok. So. Um. Well, I must have the red, white and blue quilt. Send it right away!!

Karen said...

Oh, what a bad time you have had on the zoo quilt. But fortunate you bought extra fabric. Take a deep breath and keep going.

Teresa said...

Hmmmm..that zoo quilt sounds like a nightmare indeed, but what I saw looks like it will be a marvelous quilt. I like that pocketbook too and your Red, White and Bold quilt. Your site always has such good ideas.

~D Spack~ said...

Oh Oh Oh Love that bag!!!
And yes I want the pattern!!! :)

Eileen said...

Glad you managed to read through that mystery. Want to see the finished quilt. I've had those days but you did the right thing going to something else. Love the purse, I made one of the same pattern different charms.

Vicky said...

That mystery? That's the story of my life! And that's why I way over-buy fabric for a project! I always manage to screw something up, even when the recipe is perfect!

dottydesigns said...

Hi cheryl love that 'purse' we say bag, I have just bought those same fabrics, aren't they gorgeous? check them out on my blog. love your quilts too x

Ginger Patches said...

You've been busy!! I love the Swell bag! I love that fabric and not a single shop down here carries it! I just ordered a bunch more online! I hate it when I have a sewing day like that...good for you not giving up, I probably would have walked away had a glass of wine and watched a video lol!!!

Doe said...

Something tells me you've got something on your mind and you weren't paying attention! LOL!

Be in the moment! hehehe!

See you Friday night! Tell the girls thanks for inviting me. Wait, I'll be there. I'll thank them myself. tee-hee!

Mar said...

I went through that with the turtle quilt, I always forge ahead and then have to back track and fix stuff! Love the red/white/blue!!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

I understand totally! Your projects are wonderful and love that bag!!

xo
Becky

Carole said...

Oh.... you've been busy! Lots of lovely projects! Want to get together for the ripping? I still have that quilt to take the stiching out! I'll bring the wine! lol

Nan said...

I seem to have more ripping days than sewing days recently, so I feel your pain! It's not your fault that the pattern instructions were incorrect! I'm glad you got it fixed. Love the quilt and the purse - they turned out perfect!
Yes, quilting is a truly humbling sport!! LOL!