Saturday, June 21, 2008

Do these instructions makes sense to you?

Sometimes even the best pattern designers, book editors, and testers can end up with mistakes in their instructions. I read the following - then proceeded as directed - despite a little voice in my head saying "something's not quite right here...."

3 pink prints
4 brown prints (one for the binding)

from each of the pink prints, cut
2 strips, 1 1/2" x 21" (6 total)
2 strips, 2 1/2" x 21" (6 total)

from 3 of the brown prints, cut
2 strips, 1 1/2" x 21" (6 total)
2 strips, 2 1/2" x 21" (6 total)

Pair a 1 1/2" wide pink strip with a 1 1/2" wide brown strip. Sew these together into strip sets; repeat to make a total of 6 strip sets. Cut the strip sets into 1 1/2" wide segments (40 total); you'll need 20 matching pairs of segments.

So, I'll do some math - because I have an awful lot of fabric left over - maybe even enough to make two of the wall hangings!

one 21" strip set cut into 1 1/2" segments - 21 divided by 1.5 = 14 pieces
six 21" strip sets cut into 1 1/2" segments - 21 divided by 1.5 x 6 = 84!!!
three 21" strip sets cut into 1 1/2" segments - 21 divided by 1.5 x 3 = 42

I will continue sewing up this wallhanging...and we'll see if I've made a math error.

Tomorrow we're hosting my Mom's birthday party - there's about sixteen of us that make up "my side" of the family. That's an awful expression - my side - makes me think of the Hatfields and McCoys! We've planned a bbq, with my sisters and brother bringing salads and sides - right now the weather forecast doesn't look too good - not very warm, and thundershowers or rain. But we live in the soutern Ontario, just north of Toronto, and anyone who has grown up here knows you can't count on the weather. It can change from hour to hour and day to day - I mean, really change - hot humid and sticky one afternoon, needing a coat the next day!

Its late afternoon, and I've finished this little quilt top -

And I do have leftovers....I might still have read this wrong - so if someone else gets a different result from the directions, please let me know. The books is Bits and Pieces by Karen Costello Soltys - I've made another top from her book with great results. I'd rather instructions be generous in their fabric cutting - nothing worse than if you make a mistake and cut a square too large, then end up with just a thread of fabric left, and still needing one more piece!

The pattern calls for buttons to be sewn onto the lightest squares - but I did some test sew outs of ominigrams on my D1 and placed them on those squares, I think I'm going to do that instead of buttons. I have soooo many buttons, it could take me days and even weeks to decide on what buttons to use.

I'll add these leftovers to their sibling leftovers. I made a full size quilt that was set with alternate strip sections of applique and pieced baskets and stars. I prepped fusible applique, then decided not to include it in the quilt. This little top I made today is from leftover fabric from the strippy quilt - and I'll add these leftovers to the applique and someday make yet another top. Here's a pic of some of the bits -

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I began quilt-making in January 2001, as therapy following diagnosis a chronic autoimmune condition. I enjoy creating and exploring hand and machine applique, machine piecing, english paper piecing, machine quilting, and machine embroidery. I have been working with Electric Quilt for several years and I'm comfortable with just about very aspect of using EQ to design pieced, applique, and embroidery quilts. I'm an early retired Mom with two teenager and a son who'll be married in Fall '09. My husband is my biggest quilting supporter.

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