A Streak of Bad Sewing, 3-17-21

You know all those pairs of blocks that I sewed together wrong? And I had to take apart? I did that ripping and sewed them the right way only to discover I needed 6 single blocks!!! GOOD GRIEF!! This quilt may never get made! And it was all because I wanted to do something with that bird fabric.

Remember the reader who was making the quilt for her niece with Debbie Mumm grass fabric that got turned sideways? I’ll have birds sitting sideways next.

So I’m off to choir practice right now but then it’s another night of ripping and giving it another try. I hope this fabric doesn’t wear out before it becomes a quilt!

25 thoughts on “A Streak of Bad Sewing, 3-17-21

  1. Wonda Myers

    I used bird fabric once!! All I could see was bird beaks when I finished!! Never again will I have birds in my quilt.

  2. Kathy Hanson

    I love the bird fabrics. It will be worth it when you are done. I have always heard “if you sew, so shall you rip” and I have always known for that to be true.

  3. Marj in Western Wisconsin

    Our snow from yesterday/last night/this morning has already melted anywhere the sun could get at it. It is supposed to reach 60 by the weekend. And I can see sprouts of green in the grass. Spring will get here. Trying to finish up the APQS quilt along from 2020. 64 blocks with 32 1.5″x2.5″ pieces. then a border with 132 segments with 6 pieces each, I am calling it my covid quilt. Have the 64 blocks done, need to square up and sew into rows and join for the center. Then will finish sewing the border segments together into four sections of 33 units. Will really be glad to get this done. I haven’t worked full time on this by any means, a lot of other quilts got in the way, but I will be glad to see this done. I am determined to finish it this time around and get it to my longarmer. Won’t saw how many times I have had to rip because something wasn’t right.

  4. Marsha from Kansas

    Some quilts just take more perseverance than others. You’ll get there. Just had some of the biggest snowflakes for about an hour and now it has stopped. Too warm to stick, but they were pretty and fun to watch as they hit my picture window and then melted as they slid down the window. I’m sewing together some Irish chain baby quilts. It was a nice break. Using up fabrics from my shed full of fabrics two pieces at a time with background fabrics I have needed to purchase. Never enough background fabrics!

  5. Dottie

    As my long-ago friend Sydne used to say, “The Lord loves a cheerful ripper!”

  6. Lorraine McGeough

    So sorry you have to rip, rip, rip. I am sure it is frustrating but hang in there and be very determined that you will get this quilt done the right way. Bird fabric is very pretty. Good luck to you and happy sewing

  7. Sheila in WI

    I do love that bird fabric, so I hope this quilt will be worth all the work you’re doing. Hopefully choir practice was the exactly what you needed to get going again. Take care and keep ripping and then sewing.

  8. Diane and Squeak and Central Ohio

    Ahh, the joys of ripping. I love that bird fabric. That quilt quill be beautiful and always have a story😃. 63 here today. I was worried you would get that blizzard.
    Good luck to Iowa this weekend. Of course, we’ll be cheering for Ohio State.

  9. Linda baker

    Maybe those birds need to be put away for a while! We all have sewing days like that, and it can be so frustrating. When I cut my first block for the Bulls Eye, instead of cutting it into quarters, I cut it twice on the diagonal. Thank God I realized what I had done before I cut more like that.

    1. Judy

      Why couldn’t the Bulls Eye be cut on the diagonal? I haven’t started one. I am afraid I would get tired of sewing curves before I was very far.

  10. Judy A

    Being a bird nut, I LOVE your bird fabric 🙂 Good luck with getting your project done without further ado.

  11. Susan K in Texas.

    Some quilts just take the hard path to getting finished. I love the bird fabric. I have some bird fabric I loved for a while and finally bought some. I haven’t decided a pattern but want it to be a good one. For now I will just pull it out and pet it and look at it.

  12. Sherrill

    I feel your pain a bit. I’ve been working on Bonnie Hunter’s Smokey Mountain Stars and sewed one row with blocks at either end having points missing. Then sewed the last 3 rows together and joined to the rest and WHAT?!! One block on the 3rd row in had a block turned the wrong way. GAH! Had to pick it out as it was GLARING! But got it done!

  13. Betty Klosterman

    Directional fabric is a real challenge and we just have to expect a few problems, but it is worth the extra blood, sweat and ripping. If you put it together wrong and left it, you would hate it the rest of your life.
    It builds character and we know that some of us don’t need any more of that. Be patient. It will be worth it.
    When I first joined Project Warmth quilting, I sewed the wrong edge of 2 rows together. We looked at it and didn’t want to rip the whole row, we had plenty of fabric so we just made 2 quilts. There is more than one way to do it. You have to adjust. Now I pin the seam where I should start sewing so I don’t get turned around on the way.

  14. Sunflower from Michigan

    Some of these comments remind me of my most recent quilting fiasco. My daughter asked me to make a small quilt for her to donate to the pet shelter she volunteers and fosters for. I had some fabric with bright chickens and thought it would be perfect. I used 4×4 squares of 3 fabrics including the cute chickens. I had already started the straight line quilting when I noticed one of the chicken blocks was upside down! What to do?? I left it and told her to list the quilt in the auction as the one crazy chicken quilt! Someone from Florida bought it from the auction in Indianapolis and I was happy not to have ripped it out! Happy quilting everyone! And to those who follow, enjoy the March Madness as it begins Thursday. I’ll be watching.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sunflower from Michigan – we’ve all had these kinds of issues, haven’t we? Yes, I’ll be watching basketball and sewing in the next two weeks!

  15. Margaret in North Texas

    If your ripping projects weren’t so frustrating–they’d almost be funny. Hope the birds get headed the right way!!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Margaret in North Texas – yes, even I can see the humor in it!

  16. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    That bird fabric and the whole line is absolutely beautiful! So sorry you are having trouble with it.

  17. Kathy in western NY

    Just keep reminding yourself of the TV work you have on your lap watching the games and it will be done before you know it. I have had a Bonnie Hunter UFO on my design wall waiting for the second half to complete it that I am determined to finish as it’s large and I have too much invested in it to stop now.
    I make a few of the blocks when I am alert and then go off to do something a little less taxing on my brain. Yesterday I went to our local library and the staff all had on bright green hats and buttons and jolly St Patrick’s day gear including the cutest masks!! I felt like I was back in school with holiday parties and for the festive greetings. Good for them to brighten up the patrons days and for the families who use the library for school help.

  18. Jane Boyer

    I have been working on a kit which requires fusible applique and I’ve meditated about since 2005. Got up my courage as I’m more of a needle turn person. I’ve made backward pieces and wrong fabric pieces and done just about everything wrong that I could do wrong. Thankfully, the kit came with sufficient fabric so I’m now in the process of stitching around the appliqued pieces. But it has been a struggle to get this far. And I’ve wondered how I could make 3 right pieces and 3 wrong pieces during the same cutting. So I can well understand your frustration.

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