Have you ever had that one project that just sucked?
I have. I was so excited about this project because I stepped outside of the box and bought a stand alone pattern, and picked out the fabric myself. Up until this point in my quilting career (haha) I was a kit kind of girl, so I was thought I was going to be fabulous! But the amount of screw ups on this particular project has led me to believe it wasn’t meant to be!
I had decided to make each of my kids a quilt a few years ago and I immediately found the perfect fabric. For my son I had found some Dr Seuess… timeless and he would not ever get too old for it. For my youngest daughter I had found Fairy Fabric. This was two years ago, she was about 7, it suited her perfectly and I figured it would continue to suit her for many years to come. See the post I did after I bought the fabric here.
The lovely ladies at the quilt store helped me find a pattern (I am only NOW thinking I could quilt without one, but at the time… patterns were all I could manage) and they helped me pick out the amount of fabric I needed. Part of the fabric was a panel of fairies that I would cut out and be the larger squares of the quilt and the smaller squares would be comprised of other fairy fabric.
I got to work cutting. There was a lot of little pieces, squares mostly and it before long I realized that I didn’t have enough of the background fabric. It may have been because I didn’t buy enough of it, but most likely it was because I did a bad job of cutting the fabric and probably lost too much to waste. So, like most things, I lost my momentum and put it aside. The first of my screw ups.
A few months later, I went looking for the fabric that I was short on and could not find it. I tried a couple of fabric stores but had no luck. I guess I could have asked for someone to bring it in or something but kept thinking I could salvage it all somehow.
Many months later, and after our move, I decided to pull it out again. I finished my top secret project (more on that later) and I was feeling pretty proud of myself so I figured my success would be guaranteed. I still didn’t have all the fabric I needed, but I figured I could make the quilt smaller or just add another border. Or something. It would all work out in the end.
I pulled out the cut fabric and started to put it together. The more I sewed, the less I liked it. The fabric seemed juvenile and no longer really suited my daughter. Another of my screw ups because if I had stuck to it and finished this project 2 years ago, when I bought it, then at least she could have enjoyed it for a couple of years.
“No worries” I thought “I will finish it up and find someone to give it to someone else.
BUT as I started sewing some of the rows together… this happened.
Do you see it? NOTHING matches up! So I started to try and fix it… cut off a bit on this end and try to match up seems as I sewed and it got worse and worse and worse. How can squares end up so very badly mismatched!? All I can figure is that I cut it BADLY! VERY VERY BADLY!
Ernest Hemingway said “Write drunk, edit sober.” Well that may be good advice for writers but terrible advice for sewing. “Cut drunk, sew sober.” I think that is what I’ve done! At least that is what it looks like.
So after the final screw up, I am done! Officially giving up on this cursed project and moving on. I feel a bit bad about it, as I have spent a good deal of money on the fabric so far have no results. And it isn’t like I can salvage much as I ‘ve already
badly cut the fabric into teeny tiny chunks. Also, I based my son’s quilt and bought the fabric using the same pattern and so now I am worried that this may not go well either. I don’t even really like the pattern anymore. Not sure how I will get around that…
IN OTHER NEWS…
I joined a “Snapshots Quilt Along” on Facebook (check it out here), hosted by Fat Quarter Shop. It’s a block of the month kind of deal that I am now 3 months behind on! I was going to try to use some scraps that I had in my fabric bin but as it turns out I don’t have enough of colors that go together well… so off to the quilt shop I go this week!
YEAH! Light at the end of the tunnel. I’ll post the blocks here once I complete them. This time I will try to be more diligent in my cutting. And maybe drink less wine!
PS – Big reveal on my top secret project coming after the 1st week of April It is a gift for my mom (who occasionally reads my blog) but I am pretty pumped about it! Here is a hint!