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Here you'll find tales of my domestic adventures and my mostly free knitting and quilting patterns. My most popular patterns include monster baby booties, ski hat with ear flaps, Lotus baby blanket, and men's cable hat.

It wasn’t supposed to go like this

Published by Shana | Filed under Quilting

Back in August, I took the process pledge on my latest quilt. Well, here’s the update. I’m a liar.

My last post gave a nice neat picture – find inspiration, do math, buy fabric, make quilt, accept compliments.

Here is reality:

  • Start making prototype of intended block
  • Yeah, not what I had in mind

  • Realize I forgot to add in seam allowances
  • Be annoyed and throw in a corner for three months
  • Start staring guiltily at pile of fabric
  • Try new prototype, this time being smart enough to use scrap fabric
  • Decide it looks dumb and abandon idea altogether
  • I hate you already

  • Have a beer
  • Have a completely new idea
  • Do some math on a post-it
  • Start cutting
  • Run out of fabric
  • Realize I didn’t compare the math to how much fabric I actually had
  • Have a glass of wine and sew as many blocks as I can
  • Call fabric store and have them send more
  • Look around to see if anyone noticed how responsible I was when I wrote down the fabric’s identifyer
  • Make more blocks
  • Get sick of making blocks
  • Design a completely different quilt that would allow me to use the existing blocks, but not have to make more
  • Ditch that and go back to making blocks
  • Redo math to see if I could just put a thicker border on instead of making blocks
  • Realize that my current plan would result in a quilt the size of Rhode Island
  • Rejoice!
  • Cross 60 blocks off the list
  • Update blog
  • And here I am

February 22nd, 2011

3 Responses to “It wasn’t supposed to go like this”

  1. Sarah Says:

    found you through stumble . . .  this post cracks me up, it's totally my style . . . add a bigger border is usually my solution.

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  2. Cat Says:

    Loved this.  Laughed out loud.  Refreshing to read about real world crafting and not just the pretty end results.  Comforting.  Half of any project I do is getting started, making decisions, assembling materials and reworking the mistakes.  Wish I knew when to soldier on, and when to cut bait, paddle to the shore and go home.

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  3. Ucongold Says:

    I actually laughed out loud. At work. In the IT Dept When I should have been working. Keep it up.

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