Tuesday, May 22, 2012

'Cause I'm stubborn like that

While visiting some Sew Mama Sew giveaways today, I came across a quilt pattern that I just loved, Summer Breeze by Melissa Corry.  Isn't it lovely?

"I can make that," I said to myself.  So when I got home, instead of hand quilting my Good Fortune Lil Twister (which needs to be done by June 2 for the baby shower, mind you), I pulled out some fabrics and set about making one for myself.  And quickly discovered why people buy patterns where the designer has already done the math.  I couldn't get one part of the blocks to line up for the life of me!

I ripped out seam after seam, and still couldn't get things to line up.

I cussed and nearly cried, but the seams still wouldn't line up.

I grit my teeth and vowed to figure this out - but so far, no luck.

If I know me, I will try again tomorrow, and possibly the next day, too. And eventually I'll have a whole quilt worth of imperfect blocks.

But even if I do figure it out, I'm going to buy the pattern from Ms. Corry - she is a better woman than I am figuring out how to make this lovely quilt.

10 comments:

Auntie Em said...

That really is a pretty quilt. The blocks look complicated so I can see how it would be difficult to figure out. Love the fabrics you are using.

Julie Fukuda said...

I can see why you were attracted to that pattern. I know I could do it by hand but my machine piecing would be even worse! Maybe the un-finished baby quilt has you jinxed?

Caz said...

Lovely fresh looking fabrics!

Becky said...

I admire your determination! I would have broken down and bought the pattern after the first fail!! :)

Shay said...

You can quilt that out !

Good on you for persevering. I probably would have broken down and cried and then sought solace in chocolate.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Good color choice. You'll get it figured out. Patterns are good sometimes.

ColorSlut said...

I think what you have created so far is PERFECT. Inperfection must be in the eye of the beholder :)

quiltfool said...

Hey, Erin. I know this is late and I hope you figured it out, but if not, try this. Cut your pieces out of paper without seam allowances. Lay them the way you want, adjusting as necessary. Then, add your quarter inch seam allowances to the papers that are already cut to the finished size you want. It's the only way I've figured out to get the right seam allowance on my pieces. Lane

joe tulips said...

I love love love your choice of colors so far. Any off areas are hard to see in the picture. I am sitting here trying to figure out the piecing too. Not much luck on my part so far.

Deanna said...

Great fabric choices. You will be so happy when you buy the pattern. I look forward to seeing your finish.