Friday, February 12, 2016

Where do I begin?

I started working on this quilt over a year ago and then got stuck.  I couldn't figure out why I didn't want to finish it.  It is for my son's girlfriend.  They have been dating since 8th grade and are now both in college.  I cut the pieces with my Accuquilt Go! fabric cutter and cutting and sewing the blocks was a breeze.  They took longer than most of the quilt blocks I'm used to making, but weren't hard to make.  Then, the quilt sat on my design wall for a very long time.  I had hoped to finish it up for her birthday in May.  Then, maybe June for graduation.  Then, maybe when she left for college in August.  Then, how about Christmas, that would make a nice gift?  Finally I couldn't' take it anymore and decided to just sew it together.  Now I realize why I didn't want to finish it.

There are so many issues with this quilt.

First, a Snail's Trail quilt should not be made scrappy.  The pattern just gets lost.  Or, if it is scrappy, the lights should stay together and the darks should stay together because at the top, you can't see the twirl design.

Second, do you see the block I messed up?  Yep, it just jumps out at me.  I couldn't figure out what was wrong, thinking it was just because it was scrappy, but it isn't.  I sewed one of the blocks with the black and purple corner triangles in the wrong places.  If you figure that out after you have quilted it, it's pretty much going to stay that way.  Ugh.

Well, I learned from this quilt and will try again, with two colors so the pattern shows up.  I like these quilts (when someone else makes them) and will make another one, but not today.  Today I need something that makes me happy and not frustrated.  But, I will put the binding on and send it out before she graduates from college.  That's a promise.

1 comment:

Sue Niven said...

All that work! It may not be what you wanted it to be but it is still good. The colours are lovely.