Monday, June 2, 2008

Hi. My name is Country Mouse, and I can't read...

Or I can't write, one or the other. Let me explain. I am doing the quilt along with amandajean at Crazy Mom Quits. I wrote down the instructions for block number 5. I was all excited to give it a try. Its a bit complicated, but I love complex blocks. (I did one for my BOM 2006 that had 96 pieces in a 12 inch block...yes you read that right!) So I went about cutting the pieces, laying them out on my portable pressing surface by my sewing machine and got to sewing. Everything seemed to be going fine, but I noticed that I had HUGE seam allowances on my flying geese units. Like almost a half inch as opposed to the quarter inch you are supposed to have. I thought to myself "Well, maybe my sewing is off a bit, so I'll just keep going." I got the block about 1/2 way put together when I started to realize "This just doesn't seem quite right." So I took the block apart and trimmed my blocks to give them the quarter inch seam allowance I thought they should have, all the while thinking the worst case scenario was I would have to completely re-do the block. After trimming all the units, back to the sewing machine I went and got to sewing. The result...




Ok, don't ask me why that loaded in here sideways, but you get the idea, everything came out just the way it was supposed to! So then I started to wonder. I knew I had my hand written instructions somewhere, did I write the wrong measurements or was there a typo in the instructions? Well, I checked amandajean's instructions and lo and behold I wrote the instructions down wrong. What a goof I am!! Guess the stress is getting to me :cD So anyway after taking the long way around to make this block, I double checked the measurements for block 6, and now it is ready to be sewn. I will say this, though, because I had to trim I had perfect quarter inch seams and my points on this block are better than I could have hoped :cD guess there is a bright side to everything, right?

I'm off to try to get block 6 done. I'm really enjoying this quilt along as well as blog hopping and seeing all the different color combinations that everyone is choosing. Not that I needed to add another UFO to the list, but I couldn't resist a star quilt ;cD Oh, and with any luck the next time I post I'll be able to move one of those UFO from the "to do" list to the "done" list AND have a couple pictures to share. Til then warm country wishes to all!!

6 comments:

Carie said...

Your stars are really pretty - my last block also had really big seam allowances and went all crooked and horribly wrong so I'm on a do-over, but I might go and recheck the measurements before I do!

Jacquie said...

This is beautiful...only you could mess up the measurements and come out with a perfect block! True talent!!! I do love your fabrics and colors. I did block 6 this afternoon. I'm back to being humbled by triangles. Even though it's less pieces I had trouble!

Shar said...

I love stars and yours are goregous! This quilt will be beautiful can't wait to see more!

Shar

QuiltedSimple said...

This block is gorgeous - I still have to do 5 and 6 - maybe tomorrow I can get all caught up - hopefully it will rain (I'm not saying that too loudly though). Can't wait to see one of your finished projects.
Kris

Needled Mom said...

The color combination is really pretty. The block looks great.

Andrea said...

It's a great block even if you went round the houses to make it - lol !!!