What A Revolting Development This Is

You might think I know how to read directions.  Well, you’d be wrong.  I started my sliver circles with the assumption that I had the mechanics under control.  I made freezer paper templates for my block pieces.  I cut out strips for my slivers, angle cut them, and sewed them in the fabric folds.  Then before I sewed the arcs together I saw that I needed eight slivers for each arc.  Guess who had only seven slivers for each arc and was out of some of the sliver fabric?

Yup.  I’m now pawing through my stash in search of compatible striped fabric for those elusive slivers.  I’ve been trying various combinations but haven’t been ecstatic about any of the choices available in the confines of my sewing room.

circles 2

Circles 4

Circles 5

I can do the yellow and green arcs with no sliver fabric substitutions, but run into trouble with the cerise arcs.  I lack three slivers of the original stripe. Believe me, I’ve fossicked through the trash to find any bits of that fabric.  Maybe I can piece one more sliver from my orts, but that’s about it.  So, my quandary is whether to just go with four mismatched slivers in those arcs or try to make my mistake seem less like one by inserting a few different slivers in the yellow and green arcs.

Maybe someone needs to start a blog called Quilting Bloopers.  All too few quilting bloggers seem willing to admit to errors, bone-headed or otherwise. Based on the blogs I read, everyone but me decided to take up quilting as a lark, immediately made three quilts with wonderful color and quilting that were Internet sensations, and then published a book.  (Note:  I realize that I’m exaggerating –  a bit.)

Recently I read a post by Janice at Better Off Thread relating her difficulties with quilting a voile quilt.  I loved what she wrote. “I’ve heard quilters complain that the quilting blog-land is all puppies and rainbows and beautifully finished quilts.  Where is the process?  Where are the mistakes?  Well, here you go.”

Another courageous blogger, Jenny at Quilt Skipper, recounted her sad experience when she confused a bobbin filled with water soluble thread with one loaded with regular thread.

Well, quilting comrades, I’ve been in blooper hell, too.  Maybe a bit more transparency is in order.


Filed under In Process, Snark

3 responses to “What A Revolting Development This Is

  1. 3 quilts and a book. Ha. And yet there is some truth to that, because it wouldn’t be so funny if it didn’t seem true.

    Mistakes are a part of quilting and I wish it wasn’t (apparently?) taboo for the ‘cool kid’ bloggers to reveal what is behind the curtain. But I guess it would be harder to sell books if people thought you didn’t know what you are doing???

  2. Ebaron5

    I appreciate knowing that other people make mistakes – especially the running out of fabric mistakes which I make all the time. By the way, just my opinion, but I wouldn’t have known the alternately colored slivers in the first picture were not on purpose if you hadn’t mentioned it.

    • Well, some of my best quilts are the result of mistakes. And I do indeed underestimate the amount of fabric I need a lot. I think it’s because I seldom purchase fabric specifically for one project. Maybe it’s helpful to see how others have made lemonade from quilt lemons.

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