OK, OK, I’m still holding back showing and telling about Pittsburgh…but I wanted to get right to the SEWN giveaway (still time to guess the bag weight) and then I wanted to do something about today. Today is my birthday, so I wanted to have a little giveaway–short and to the point though. But it’s going to be a subjective selection of the winner rather than a drawing. Yes, I’m going to make you work for it. And, no, we won’t be guessing my age or my weight.
First, I want to show you the current state of the Heaven and Earth quilt:
Aha! Such discipline. Came back from seeing lovely new things but went back to work on an “old” project even though I reaaaaallllly wanted to get to work on some of the new things. Anyway. I found a variegated acid green fabric for the filler strips and am pretty happy with that choice. While I was sewing, the green tents (auditioning as the border) were on my sewing table. Tents, meet triangle quilt. Triangle quilt, meet tents. I may have to see what the blue tents might look like, but I think the green ones are pretty good. Hmm, maybe the yellow tents need a try too.
But back to the story, it seems like every time I post about a quilt, I’m explaining what I did wrong–usually as a result of not reading the pattern. Case in point, I cut the triangles for this quilt from a 2 1/4″ strip and later found out I should have been cutting them from a 2 1/2″ strip (I think). So my triangle strips were only 2″ wide rather than 2 1/4″. Well, didn’t that just work out to my benefit in this case? The acid green variegates along the width of the fabric (over the 44″). Had my triangle strips been 2 1/4″ tall (and there are 21 strips), the variegated fabric wouldn’t have been wide enough to accommodate all 21 strips. I would have had to figure out some other approach to using the variegate…cut another width and then selected some section to duplicate, for example. So you see, in this case, my screw up worked to my advantage. Wishing I could say, “I meant to do that.”
But, really, I do seem to confess a lot of screw-ups, no? Feeling the need to re-name the blog MrsSchmenkmanScrewsUpQuilts. So, for my birthday, I want to hear about YOUR quilting screw-ups, OK? Will you entertain me and make me laugh? I’m going to pick the funniest quilting screw-up to win another fat quarter set of Erin McMorris’s Wildwood fabrics:
Submit your quilting “oopses” by 11:59 EST on Thursday, May 21. I’ll laugh WITH you (not AT you) and pick the winner on Friday, May 22.
In the meantime, I decided that today I’m going to start Sue Spargo’s elephant purse. OK, it’s actually called the Savannah Satchel. I like all of the bags in the book:
But when we stopped by Sue’s booth (hi Sue!), we couldn’t stop fondling the elephant’s velvet ear.
A fuschia velvet ear. Sigh. So, as a treat, I decided to begin the Savannah Satchel today.
Last, but not least, we’ve been laughing about this around our house this week. I received this cute little planter for Mother’s Day:
The best part, of course, is the little warning at the bottom:
Furthermore, seriously, who thinks I can be trusted to be left home alone with this all day????
So that’s that for now.