You've ever made a massive quilting boo-boo. Anyone? Well, I'm waving both hands in the air today! I was so happy to be approved for another Moda Bakeshop project, but I had one slight problem.....I'd never made the quilt. I have no idea how much fabric it will take or it's final size. Yikes! Due to some complicated math issues, there was no way (read: I wasn't going to hurt my brain with the math) for me to figure it out on paper. Ok, no biggie, I thought. I'll just make a practice version! I sewed like a maniac yesterday with a pretty Verna jelly roll only to end up with this:
Yeah. It's laying "flat" in this picture. CRAP CRAP DOUBLE CRAP! Stupid me forgot that I'd be sewing with a lot of bias edges! Grrr. Now, I'm worried about my ability to make one that does lay flat! I *think* that using pins and laying the quilt-in-progress flat before I pin the next piece will solve the problem, but I'm having some major self doubt here. If anyone has any great tips for this bias-challenged quilter (Tracey, this means you!) please tell me!
In more happy sewing news, I finished my June bee block for VIB's. Meghan is making a patriotic quilt for her hubby who is in the Army. I chose to do a paper pieced spinning stripes block. The instructions said it finished at 12", but in reality, it finished at only 10"! I guess I could have figured that out if I took a ruler to the pattern! Since Meghan wanted the blocks to finish at 16", I knew I was going to have to add borders anyway, so the smaller size wasn't a big deal.
I've also joined Jeni's QAL, Warm vs. Cool. These are my fabric picks. I did end up taking out some of the green, adding some yellow and blue. I'm half way through cutting out the squares to make HSTs, but this project will have to be put on hold for a bit since I'm going out of town tomorrow for a week. We're going to my in-laws in Missouri. Though I'm sad to be away from my machine for a whole week, I get to meet my nephew (Ezra Stegosaurs) for the first time! Plus, my MIL is super sweet and waits on us hand and foot!