Ok in some ways this goes against our philosophy of ‘ah it’ll be grand’
But we have often got to the quilting stage and it has become apparent that actually it is not grand. We have bumps and hillocks and tucks and craters where we should have flat flat plains.
Oh yes, we are not the perfect seam conjurors our customers sometimes believe us to be. We rush through our sewing, we watch movies or we have conversations when we should be giving more attention to what we are doing.
And our projects like to remind us!
Currently I am making myself a quilt using the Plus X pattern that dates back to around the 1930’s I believe. It uses several pieces per block making up the illusion of a plus sign in the middle with an X shape behind it. I think I may have had a serious lapse in judgement when I picked the pattern :0/
On trimming my blocks last night I realised that my horizontal plus strips measure 1.5″ while my vertical plus strips measure 1.2″.
This results in no seams matching when they get sewn together, so I am adjusting seams, on 64 blocks. FML.
BUT it will be worth it, I console myself by watching netflix to get me through the boring jobs but I need to watch a programme that doesn’t require my full attention, has anyone ripped and repaired only to find the repair is a replica of the mistake?!! Hmm yes, that’s a recipe for a tantrum.
Mam is currently ripping a quilt that is for our upcoming retreat. It is ready to be quilted but she spotted a couple of areas for adjustment, they probably could have been left as they are and not affect the quilting or look bad but for customer quilts and demo quilts we like to be as particular as possible. When we’re working on our own we can be a little more slapdash if we want which feels quite rebellious and subversive :0)
So, I guess our top tip is to first of all decide what you can live with. Some mistakes are fine, they may be annoying when we realise we’ve made them but actually we can live with them long term, other mistakes are just irritating full stop. It can be worth taking the time to get the ripper out and redo the seam, or block, or entire quilt, although if it is a full quilt let us know, we will cry with you.