Splendid Day

Yeah — spring is officially here in Western NY. Yesterday was a glorious day with bright clear skies in the afternoon and a warm, velvety breeze that lifted my spirits. Right after work I grabbed my first (and favorite) quilt and headed into the backyard to gather some Vitamin D (per doctor’s orders).  I wasn’t there long and I had company.

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Boots, the little beggar, always horns in on the sunshine and a cozy quilt. 

You may notice the hay field in the background–yes, my mower is broken again, else I would have been trimming the lawn instead of lolling about.

Whilst enjoying the rays, I started re-reading one of my favorite books — Outlander. Love me some Scottish romance. I want to re-read the entire series before I watch the live action version.

On the sewing front, I’ve given up on my idea of refurbishing a cutting table. I spent a lot of time priming and painting an old cabinet from the Salvo (a la shabby chic style) — but I simply cannot make it work as I had originally envisioned. The wood for the top is just too hard and I cannot successfully attach the supports for the top that will give it the correct cutting height as planned. Yes, I am a DIY failure!

Plan B. Now I’ve found a dude who makes custom islands and I’m hoping to persuade him to build me a custom cutting table (a la Joanna Gaines — Joanne and Chip, if you’re reading this, come to NY to redo my sewing room, please, please, please! Love, your biggest NY-Texas-NY fan).  Meanwhile, what little organization I had previously has devolved into chaos since I’m without a fabric storage solution as well as a cutting surface. Yes, I moved out the old before the new was ready <story of my life>.

Despite the disarray, I did manage to get the final wide border on my modified Paddle Wheel Quilt! Woop! Woop! I’m searching for the proper backing, but soon I will be able to go and see the fabulous Ms. G about applying the appropriate quilting to this striking quilt top.

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I like the unexpected pop of red in the lower right and in the skinny border!

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I was drawn to this kit because of the color palette, but I wanted to add my own touch. 

The lawnmower dude picked up my machine right as the sun was going down last night. I hope he doesn’t feel obligated to rush — I’m rather liking the thought of more sunshine, books, quilts and cat hair because it’s going to be even nicer this afternoon!

These Geese Flew South

This week I’ve been working on a Father’s Day gift for my roommate. I found the pattern and the quilt kit in a Keepsake Quilting catalog in January. I was instantly in love with the muted creme and black color palette. As luck would have it, black is my roommate’s favorite color and my family room is in desperate need of a wall quilt to hang from the black wall quilt hanger I bought at a garage sale last summer. So, I bought the kit — something that I have been reluctant to do– because,  let’s face it: sometimes I make little  <ahem> mistakes that require repeat visits to my favorite quilt shop(s). But I overcame my fears and purchased the Paddlewheel kit featuring RJR fabrics by A Project House 360. The fabric was as sophisticated as I had hoped and the pattern steps seemed manageable and well-written.

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Paddlewheel quilt pattern by A Project House 360

Over a couple of  late night after the roommate went to bed, I cut out all the patchwork. So far so good, right? I stashed the pieces away in a project box, hoping that I could sew it all together on a planned quilting retreat. Unfortunately, I had to cancel that event, so I was left all alone to sew it up. That’s when disaster struck.

Some of my geese have laid an egg. You know how pattern directions for triangles instruct the quilter to draw a diagonal line across the wrong side of the fabric, sew along that line, then trim and iron? Well, I did that, and my geese have lost their way. This morning after I trimmed my geese, I found most of the blocks will have to be remade. See below.

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Geese and gap

The part that’s irritating is that as I worked on this pattern the night before last, I realized that if  I drew that line as instructed and then sewed one thread to the right of that drawn  line, my geese come out perfectly. See Exhibit A below.

 

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Exhibit A. lined up geese.

I had discovered the error of my ways and then completely forgot about it and ruined my fabric. But the quilt does not come with extra fabric to cover my error.

I’ll call Keepsake Quilting’s customer support line tomorrow and keep my credit card handy. I’m thinking this Father’s day gift is going to have to turn into a birthday gift.

Anyone have some flying geese techniques or tips that could help me do the right thing if I can, in fact, obtain some replacement fabric?