Friday, August 21, 2009

Lesson Learned - the Hard Way


This is not going to be good as the title suggests... Do you see the rows of the zig zag quilt above? Do you see how the rows are different lengths? Yah, that's the problem.

I've been behind from the beginning, found the ORB Quilt Along group after the zig zag plan had been posted, ordered fabric that took time to get, lots of life going on, etc... you know. So the first two rows of zigs (really 4 rows of blocks), I just pieced the HST together and made them work.

THEN, I was reading posts on the ORB Quilt Along flickr pool how many had trimmed EVERY square for their quilts... I thought, hmmm - I didn't do that?! So the next row, I decided to trim and thought since I was only taking what appeared to be distortion off not any of the actual diagonal seam that it would work. WRONG!

Yes, the blocks went together easier, the seams are straighter and the fabric lies nicer but what a bummer! So now my bottom 4 rows are starting to look like this and I have learned my lesson - the hard way.

6 comments:

larry7pokey said...





So sorry. I empathize with you. I'm working on a mistake myself, but it is a lesson learned, when you know you aren't gonna do that again, right? I hope so, too. : } pokey

Jeannette said...





Patience is somethin I have learnt alng the way, and I have spent so many hours reverse stitching mistakes happen when I rush

Needled Mom said...





Augh! We all have learning moments like that. You will be happier with it in the long run though.

Lynz said...





Oh, pet, I feel your pain! My moment of clarity came a few days ago when I realised as long as I am consistently wonky then it all works out. So all trim or no trim - but you already know that, dontcha? It WILL be worth it in the end, take heart!

Susan/FlossieBlossoms said...





Oh, I can completely feel your pain. As someone who sewed 42 blocks for the original ORBC quilt along and hated them and eventually unpicked all 210 15" long seams, I know what you're going through!

You'll be happy in the end, though. And unpicking seams is what I call "idiot work", you can do it while you watch TV or listen to music, you won't need to concentrate on it at all.

Good luck! Your quilt is going to be gorgeous!

SandyQuilts said...





This one
http://beesquarefabrics.blogspot.com/2009/03/how-to-make-zig-zag-quilt-without.html
doesn't require HST method.