I have a mental list of things I should blog about. I don't always remember all of them when I write. Sometimes I skip things on purpose. (Because who wants to read a novel of a blog post?) I try to remember them for later when I skip them. I should probably start writing lists. I'm getting old...
But today I have something that's not been on the list yet. A problem I encountered just today. Because I need more problems. (Don't we all?) So it trumps most of the current list.
I have a friend who is pregnant. (This keeps happening...) I want to make her a super cool quilt because she's super cool. I found one I loved. I bought fabric. I washed it. I ironed it. And I waited until I finished all the Farm Girl blocks (that's on my mental list...). And I did chores and family stuff and whatnot and FINALLY this afternoon I got to sew.
Oh, the pattern:
It's called "Cowboy's Star" and it's from the book Treasures from the 30's. I bought this book about a year ago for another pattern, but this one screams baby boy. And the friend is a horse-girl and the facebook birth announcement included cowboy boots, so can I go wrong?
You can see my fabric selection there in the corner.
The pattern requires templates. Curved piecing. Stuff that's new to me or not well-liked. But she's that cool, so I'm gonna do it.
I followed the instructions. I really did. Then I got this...
I sewed a nice 1/4" seam. I pinned (look at the one seam - how perfect those seams match). I tried re-sewing, but with bias edges, I hesitate to rip out again.
And I cannot for the life of me figure out HOW to fix this.
A wider seam allowance seemed to be the way to go at first, but nope.
(Never mind that right now I can't seem to make iTunes play the songs I want to hear on the computer as I type either - apparently today is not my day for things going the way I want them to go?)
Anyone have any suggestions?
I can live with this if they ALL turn out this way, but since I made just the one (and didn't even finish it with the curved pieces to square up the block yet), I have no idea how consistent my error might be. If it is in fact an error.
In other news, I celebrated a birthday last week and got quite a few awesome gifts...
From one aunt, who is also a quilter:
...oh the wheels are churning out ideas for all sorts of stuff...
From my sister-in-law (another quilter):
...and I WAS running low on white thread...
From my mom (yet another quilter):
...a book I nearly went and bought the morning on my surprise birthday party (that I had a very good idea was coming because my hubby is no good at keeping secrets and had I asked him, I would have known for sure...but he was acting funny and I thought I'd let him have his moment)...there's a pattern inside I really love - don't let the cover fool you!
And the last I'll share is from my uncle (not a quilter):
...I believe this box was more appreciated by my furry children than by me, but it was truly fun to get so many fun gifts in the mail over the past week.
Time to go find an apple muffin recipe. We went to the local apple orchard yesterday with family and though it was too cold to pick any apples, we bought about a bushel of "utility" apples (great for baking - and already picked!) and now I'm excited to have apples to make fresh baked goodies.