DESIGN WALL WEDNESDAY - or -
WHAT AM I DOING WEDNESDAY?
JELLY BEANS -
So - do you want to know what's on my design wall today?? Here's hoping that you do. (If not, too bad - I'm going to tell you anyway...;)))
The Patchwork Times UFO Challenge for February is #10. My version of that is to work on my Stage 10 projects. (Check out my UFOs - 2011 tab above.)
I picked JELLY BEANS to work on first - a simple kit from Connecting Threads - Riviera Collection (no longer available - sorry).
The colored strips came pre-cut - 2-1/2" wide - with pinked edges. The white fabric was yardage included in the kit that I rotary cut myself. (It still needs a couple of borders - so don't judge it just yet.)
Mathematically - five 2-1/2" strips sewn together with 1/4" seams should come out to 10-1/2". In reality - mine did not!! Once again, I lost my 1/4" seam allowance!
Has anyone out there seen it? I thought I had it right here a minute ago! Where - oh, where - did it go? As you can see - my strip sets did NOT match the white strips that I cut to fit on the ends! They are all SHORT!
I have my 1/4" presser foot. I have my perfect "scant" 1/4" seam allowance settings. I have everything I need. What happened this time? (I lose it every once in a while - but usually find it again soon enough.)
I was having such fun just chain piecing my little heart out - adding one strip right after the other - to twenty-five blocks.
This time I think the cutting was to blame - not the sewing.
I think that the pinked edges messed me up. If the 2-1/2" is measured from pinked tip to pinked tip - I think I may have lost a couple of threads on each tip - with handling, sewing, and such. Add up the lost threads on both sides of FIVE strips - and I think I found my 1/4".
At least that's what I think happened. Who knows?
And at this point - who cares? I had twenty-five blocks all sewn together.
(And - YES - I noticed it when I sewed the first side - but somehow it didn't register in my Swiss-cheese brain - and - YES - I did a test block before I sewed them ALL together - the test block came out OK - go figure!)
So - what to do now?
"Un-sew" all twenty-five blocks? No - I don't THINK so!
Figure out something else? Of course! This is where we quilters get CREATIVE! This is where I, for one, start having FUN!
Now - don't get me wrong - if this was any other pattern - or something that I was going to enter into a competition of some sort (the UFO Challenge doesn't count - it's not being JUDGED) - then I would have been a whole lot more careful and all of the blocks would have been tested at each and every step.
But, hey - this is JELLY BEANS - a fun, little, simple quilt - knock it out in no time at all, right?
Then I remembered something that I discovered many, many moons ago.
Rule #5 - Sometimes blocks don't have to be the RIGHT SIZE - they just have to be the SAME SIZE!
So - I trimmed them all down to 10" square. Who's going to know the difference? I'm not going to tell. (Well, I'm not going to tell everybody - just you..;)...and you're not going to tell, right??)
So now all the blocks will fit together nicely.
I have the first three columns (A/B/C) sewn together - and the last two (D/E) sewn together. I basted the match points before sewing them "for real" just so I would be sure that they matched, (The blocks have already come up short - I don't need mismatched corners, too. I'm sure that would push me right over the edge on this one - and JELLY BEANS right back into the UFO pile.)
All I have to do now is sew the two sections together - add the borders - and move this one up to Stage 5. Then I can choose another UFO from my Stage 10 list . Which one? - which one? Shut up, Kitty - you have to get the borders on JELLY BEANS first - before you get bored - then you can worry about the next one. (And you wonder why I have so many UFOs!)
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -