Thursday, September 20, 2007

Irritating pattern

The current pattern I'm using = most irritating pattern ever

I don't know what I was thinking. I think the end result will look fine, but in this case, the end will certainly not justify the means. It was just way too much blind work.

Problem 1: There are so many random steps that there is no way to find any "work in progress" gratification. I'm the type of person who likes to see SOME sort of results along the way. This quilt had none of that. It's also a good way to make sure I'm not screwing everything up! When I got to the last step I had to take a deep breath and hope for the best!

Problem 2:
When you're not a pro at using the rotary cutter it could turn out tragic. Notice the very small amount of tan left on the top piece compared to the bottom piece. Dang it for somehow starting to cut my piece on a slight curve...

Problem 3:
Since that one pieced ended up narrow, it also ended up shorter. And now since I had placed all of my eggs in one basket I have no extra fabric left to fix it. :( If only I had been able to see my errors BEFORE I got to the last step.

The moral of the story: if you want a zig zag quilt pattern, use something like this.


Heather said...

Oh I am sorry. I hate it when the pattern is harder than it needs to be. Check out Denyse Schmidt's Quilts book. She has a flying geese pattern that seems to be pretty straight forward.

I use my husband's carpentry t-square to cut longer pieces with the rotary cutter. I can catch the edge of the mat with the t so it stays straight.

amandajean said...

if you had extra tan fabric, you could sew a strip to the bottom. that wouldn't help the length problem though. sorry to hear that things aren't working out as planned...that has to be so frustrating!