The Life and Projects of An Avid Hobbyist

Friday, April 3, 2009

Self-Taught

I have been sewing since I was knee-high to a grasshopper...(as the country folks say). At my mother's knee, I learned to first make pillows, then doll clothes, then clothes for myself.

A few years ago, I decided that if I can sew a dress with a 5/8 seam, that I too could sew a quilt on a 1/4 inch seam.

As my blog bears evidence, I have produced many a quilt...but never one cut on the bias.

Faithful readers may remember the post where I lamented this quilt. A few weeks ago, I took it to one of my favorite quilt shops and learned that I was reading my ruler incorrectly. After a quick tutorial and a few hours of sewing....

Voila!
Star

I have so many mistakes cutting this puppy out that I have to redesign the entire quilt top...(the country folks also say that necessity is the birthplace of invention). I will post the finished top...when it's finished (insert shifty eyes here).

To celebrate my new quilting-ruler knowledge a contest...

Leave a comment (by 5PM EST April 8) about how you recovered from a craft disaster and be entered into a drawing for a giveaway. ~ksp

2 comments:

paula, the quilter said...

Haven't really recovered yet on the mis-cut of the commission quilt, but it is in process. After all, cutting down 400x3 rails from 2.5 to 1.9" will take a bit of time. I am not going to be too fiddly with it: I'll cut to 2" and then trim the whole block to the 5" it needs to be. There are no mistakes, just new opportunities. Onward!

merrilymarylee said...

That's lovely! From a windmill to a star--in more ways than one! Thanks for sharing this; I tend to stuff the mistakes in a drawer someplace. You're downright inspiring.
Now. . . where IS that I Spy quilt I began 10 years ago? Maybe my grandson will want to take it to college.