Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Dueling Machines

Today it was like the battle of the sewing machines!!! My QF(quilting friend) brought along her machine(Bette) so that we could sew at the same time to work on our project. With the girls, aka the sewing machines, running full tilt we managed to get all our blocks pieced. I am really liking how different the tops are working up to be.
Here are some of her blocks!!! Aren't they pretty. The Neptune is amazing. Everything was going along just great until we reached the end and laid out the quilts. Do you see it? That gap on the right?
That is where the block, not in the instructions, goes. The pattern is so fun and has been easy to follow, but we were regularly reminded to cut carefully so that we would waste nothing because it was going to be close. And because of that...we are short a block, with nothing big enough to spare. The pattern asked us to cut 30 pieces but it should have been 36 meaning the pattern numbers and picture don't jive. UGH!!!! It was not frustrating until now. I happened to have some variety of neptune yardage that i gave to QF to use so she was saved, but i am really hesitant to cut into the second jelly roll i have of this fabric. I don't want to use some fabric that i might need for another pattern. What would you do?
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13 comments:

MLE said...

How fun that you have a QF...and how frustrating that the pattern isn't right!

Nichole said...

oh man! that sounds like it would be quite frustrating!

i'd probably cut into the second jelly roll if i didn't already have a project planned for it. otherwise i'd have a quilt top one block away from being usable. a beautiful quilt on top of it! i know it is definitely not ideal though. what a shame that the pattern was incorrect.

Judi said...

hey leslie-
sorry about the frustration on the pattern, I usually catch all the mistakes, but the picture is right. If you put aside the six binding strips, cut off a 4.5 inch rectangle from each strip to fill in the gap, the quilt looks cute!

MaryMary said...

It's still beautiful despite the frustration. such pretty colors!

Colleen said...

Cut into your jelly roll. I'm sure we can find a fat quarter or two of the material to replace what use out of the jelly roll.

Looks good, Leslie.

Dee said...

No worries mate...simply fold the quilt up, put it into a box with some cookies and other sweet things and ship it off to...me! LOL I will love it and care for it, pet it and name it George. :o)

Really though, it's beautiful even if you think it's flawed. The Amish always put a mistake in their quilts, because only God is perfect. If you cut into the jellyroll, it's not the end of the world and with the internet...more is to be found.

Now, I need to go name my machines. LOL

blessings!

Suzanne said...

I really, really love these! Frustrating to not have it work all the way out but I sure hope you can figure it out some how.

Dee said...

Leslie, any ideas for my machines? I think they're girls...maybe boys? How do you tell? Where do you look? LOL

I have a new pattern using the Neptune fabric for you:
http://www.unitednotions.com/fp_neptune.pdf

I'm going to go change my pants now because this one scares the crap out of me it's so cool!

BTW...my word verification is "bless"...so...
Blessings!

...dotty... said...

Oh, Leslie.......I was thrilled by the idea of the "quilt-off"....dueling sewing machines (how many times have my girlfriends and I done the same thing.......oh, how I miss that), and upset at the thought of so near a finished quilt, languishing for lack of fabric. Being an avid 'scrapper', I always have one more fabric that I can substitute, but I've seen my "coordinated" friend go through this type of anguish.
I agree with the advice to cut into the jelly roll. You'll just have to make a little bit smaller quilt with what's left in that roll, and you know that that's okay by me !
Thanks for visiting my blog......have a blessed day !

Ala' Dee's comment, my word verification word is "reekin", and, not wanting to give in to my Tennessee accent, I accidentally typed "reeking". Hee ! Thanks also for the laugh !

...dotty...

Firefly said...

Do you have a scrap that would match the colors in this quilt? Or maybe a few small ones? Personally I'd either just use a scrap piece, or make a quick run to the fabric store and pick up 1 small piece of material to fill in. I'd be like you, and would be upset to cut into a jelly roll just to fill a small spot. It's beautiful though :)

Kathleen said...

How frustrating! I have some of that brown with blue dots. You'd have to change the pattern a bit but you could add it to two different blocks. Want it?

amylouwho said...

I have some of these prints - how much do you need? I'd be happy to send you enough to make that one little block! (I think I just have 2 prints - the little daisies and the allover big print - both in the tomato red.)

Lara said...

I heart Wonderland so much! And I am excited to see that Momo is bringing out a new range next year. I am coveting it already!

Someone may have already suggested this and you may have already come up with a fix, but I would suggest either making it a row shorter and using the other blocks to piece the backing? Otherwise, I have some Wonderland I'd be happy to share with you... what block needs to go there? And what are the dimensions? You can email me if you like lara.p.evans@gmail.com

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