the most ridiculous mistakes this week, honestly you wouldn't believe how stupid I can be at times. Well, maybe you can.............
But first how about I show you something I didn't make a mistake on?
Colourwheel, the first block in Gypsy Wife. I am so happy with the way it came together and the beautiful vibrant fabrics on the lovely Carolyn Friedlander background. Sigh........ I could look at this all day. When you examine it it is just half square and three-quarter square triangles which I made as such rather than piecing together triangles, I do have some left but I may well be able to use them further on in the quilt, and if I can't then they will go into a box towards a scrappy improv quilt. Now if I was being really picky I would criticise two of my joins which are off by a minuscule amount, but I'm not so I won't.
The next block is Perishing reputed to be the most difficult in the quilt, I'll tell you how I get on next week. If you have always wanted to make Gypsy Wife the quilt along has just started so it's not too late to join in, you can find details on the Gnome Angel blog here, including links to Instagram and the Facebook page.
I thought I would make my bee blocks this week and get them posted, I was much later than normal last month and I wasn't happy about it. I don't like leaving things to the last minute, especially when it is a commitment I have made and people are waiting for me to fulfil it. Now that's where the trouble started.
The first one I made was from........
Dog Gone Cute. The block is from a quilt along and designed by the lovely and very generous Lorna from Sew Fresh Quilts, Lorna makes the most beautiful quilts many on animal themes, and you can find several free patterns on her blog. If you haven't visited Lorna's blog before I strongly suggest you pop over and have a look around, I'd be surprised if you didn't find something you like.
This block was made for Ann one of my bee mates in our own special bee Bee Inspired, Ann has a great blog too, Brown Paws Quilting. Ann has just finished a wonderful sampler, if you have time you could pop over, say hello and check it out.
Now about those mistakes, if you have a look at the block it has a centre piece where most of the fiddly stuff is, then two side pieces and a long bit across the top. I followed the pattern and made the two side pieces then the top piece and as you can see they were quite straightforward to make, Lorna's instructions were very clear. Next I made the more fiddly centre, but when you analyse it it's not too bad. So, all I had left to do was stitch on the side pieces then add the strip across the top, sounds simple they were already made, but thats when the problems started.
I stitched the sides on, one seemed a little short but the block probably just needed trimming so I added the top, but when I measured it it would have been short if I trimmed it, I must have cut the piece wrong. I couldn't understand it but the easiest way to remedy it was just to make another piece, no big deal.
I unpicked the top part way across, removed the faulty piece, and made another by cutting the white rectangle, adding a square in the corner and doing stitch and flip to make the triangle, trimming it, pressing it......... and then I realised the wrong side of the white was uppermost, so exasperated, and it couldn't be fixed, sad.
Out came the cutting board and I made another one, perfect, I made it a bit longer than I needed to make sure it fit, stitched it onto the side, stitched the top back on..........and realised IT WAS TOO NARROW What?????? I had cut it 31/2 inches instead of 41/2, how had I done that? So I had to take it all off AGAIN
Out came the cutting board, again, and I made the FOUTH one, this time I cut it extra wide and triple checked it, I also made it extra long and triple checked, surely I couldn't get it wrong again. The relief when I didn't, I trimmed it and it was perfect.
Karen encouraged us to name our dogs this was the easy part, I haven't told you what my little one got up to last week. When Gary came home last Thursday we went to the pub for a quick one before tea, now that is a very rare occurrence for us but it was a beautiful night and we had a lovely drive first before having a larger in the pub, then we went home to find..........
this. It's my kitchen and what is that on the floor? One of the curtains.........
from my lounge. Indi, she must have pulled on it so hard the hooks came out of the curtain then she had dragged it across the floor, through the hall, and into the kitchen. I'm not sure if her half sister Ella had anything to do with it but if there is trouble about you can bet your last dollar Indi is at the bottom of it, and no she is not a puppy she was four yesterday.
The cushion I made last year from the practice blocks? Take a look at it now........
It has sat in the rocking chair for ten months until two weeks ago. All I can say is I'm glad I had moved my snowman cushions!
So Karen, due to all the trouble dog gone cute has given me her name is Indi.
Now I'm thinking that most people reading have given up by now and gone off somewhere so I can tell you my embarrassing moment. This is on condition you so NOT let anyone connected to Stash Bee know.
I made this months block for Monica at the weekend and it is one of the nicest blocks this year,
this is her pic from her Stash Bee post which has all her fabric details.
I particularly like the original design where the centre blocks are the same colour and I can just see it as a panel sown a modern quilt in soft greys and pinks, it is the Alpine block and you can find it at Blossom Heart Quilts here .
I made up the block from fabrics in my stash and it went together like a dream and yesterday I posted it on the Stash Bee blog, that's when it didn't go to plan. I had posted the pic sideways. I removed it and turned it around, upside down, I removed it again, turned it around again and posted it. THEN I went to check it had published properly and I noticed it didn't look quite right, I couldn't put my finger on it. I checked the original pic and realised........
I had put the sides on the wrong way! i was mortified, and it was on the Stash Bee blog and on the world wide web for everyone to see. I went straight back to blogger and deleted the post breathing a sigh of relief, if I hadn't spotted it just imagine the ridicule.
Next I went to check my feed on Bloglovin and........... the post was there, mortification. Fortunately when I clicked the link it came up post not found and my luck was in, the pic on Bloglovin doesn't give any clues as to who posted it, lets just hope no one recognised the fabrics, but I will make sure I wait a couple of weeks before I repost it to make sure. So, it looks like I got away with it because it's only you and me who know and we are not telling......... are we?
While I think on I just have to tell you that I've been featured on Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication today, for my sampler quilt. I am thrilled, it is the second time Susan has featured me, I have the I've Been Featured button on my sidebar, how cool is that?
Lastly an update, my Dad is doing well and is home, it may well happen again in another six months but we will cross that bridge when we come to it, anything can happen in the meantime and today the sun has come out and I have a block to repair.
Until next time,
With smiles from,
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