I think I must be dyslexic after all. Not in reading – I can keep the letters from dancing before my eyes most of the time, but give me a quilt setting diagram, and I seem unable to keep the blocks from twisting and turning and doing the odd do-si-do around the ring. And then one of my stable of seam rippers makes its timely appearance, and I get to sew the seams all over again.
I spent most of yesterday sewing… it was pure heaven. I have been working on this mystery quilt from Craftsy for about a year – it was one of the projects I began with the idea of working on it while I was waiting for our container to arrive last spring. As luck would have it, I was out of the country the whole time, and away from my sewing machine.
I call this Polka Dot Passion – I have never used polka dots before, and I fell in love with these cheerful explosions of colour. In fact – only the turquoise and white are not spotted.
I had finally arrived at the stage where the blocks all go together. With no place to hang my large design wall, I set up two quarters of the quilt to assemble, and then the other two. Here is the folded block placement diagram -
I had already dismantled most of it before, as the blocks had mysteriously turned around when I transferred them from design board to sewing machine, and I was looking forward to getting this done. My faithful helper was in the doorway, protecting me from intruders -
Here we are…… two quarters finished.
Now check the centre blocks – lower right on the one on the board….. and compare it to the diagram. I didn’t see it until I was setting out the other two quarters, and had too many of one block and not enough of the other.
Darn – back to the seam ripper……. singing “Here we go froggy-loo, here we go froggy-lie”. for those non-quilters among you, tearing out stitches is commonly called “frogging” – you know “rip-it, rip-it”
Fortunately, there wasn’t much to do….. soon fixed,
and you can believe that I was ultra careful with the other two quadrants of the quilt.
Here is the completed top.
The pattern didn’t call for borders, but this double-queen size quilt is way too small. I have a bit of fabric left, so now I am busy designing borders to finish it off.
Then it will go into the pile of tops awaiting the setting up of my quilting frame.
I am getting impatient to begin quilting – so I had better get serious about sewing…… and no more frogging – OK?