Friday, July 25, 2008

An oops turned good

I finished piecing the centre of the Sally Post quilt yesterday. This quilt design was made available to quilters from Gayle at Sentimental Stitches - I believe the pattern will be again offered as a free download later this year, or as a purchase all at once.

The original pattern called for 36 blocks, set 6 x6 with sashing including an outersashing. I wanted a rectangular quilt for the church donation, so I made 30 blocks and set is 6 x 5. I've ordered the border fabric and hope to quilt it by early September.

My son is holding this one for me - but he's still not as tall as his Dad (!) and I couldn't get the whole quilt into the picture.

The oops? - well here you go. I had already sewn 18 of the blocks, complete with sashing and corner squares set to the right side and bottom. When I went to cut out the sashing and squares for the last 12, I decided - wrongly - to not look at the pattern and merrily cut then 3 1/2" wide. They should have been 4" wide! Grrr.. Meanwhile, I was thinking about the border and binding, and decided to go with the peach colour, same as the sashing, but a tone on tone instead of solid, and the red floral for the binding. The order was sitting on my computer while I was cutting. When I realized what I did, I thought, well thank goodness I hadn't press send yet because I can order more sashing fabric if I've run out because of the oops. So I recut and thankfully I had enough and pressed send on the order.

The next day, while sewing the blocks together, I realized I didn't account for the outside sashing! I should have ordered more solid, and now the order has been processed and its on its way (this shop is fantastic - Fabric Shack - excellent service and help when you need it). Back to EQ to look at how I can fix this and I discovered that it looks way better with just the border and no outer sashing - I had never even thought of this as the original doesn't have a border and I had just kept the outer sashing on the design when playing with the finishing ideas. So all's well that ends well.

I'm just about done the Almost Log back to the sewing room.

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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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