Monday, February 28, 2011

Quilt #4 - Embrace the Mistakes

This is the 'big brother' to my other mini - 1" quilt.  This one had been in my head since I heard of the auction that it will be in. I'm fairly happy with how it turned out.

However, this is what it looked like Saturday afternoon. 
 I was not happy.  I couldn't get it to square up.  This is my own fault.  I did not follow my own advice from the tutorial about switching sewing directions when sewing the strips, and therefore, the whole thing was skewed.  The cream border only highlighted the fact that it wasn't square.  So I decided to emphasize the 'crookedness' and thus it is actually less noticeable. (Or at least that's what I tell myself!)

Of course, this involved taking apart a 'finished' quilt,  (I even had the sleeve sewn down), and re-doing it.  I added large black borders, more batting and more backing around the edges.
 Then I eyed up my new square.
 And cut.
 Finished and bound.  And measuring a nice square 12" x 12".

 This is the back.  A lovely Toile.  (I do love toile!)  Simple quilting.  It hardly needs any since it is so small. 

This quilt actually has a purpose.  HOPESCenter is having an auction of Coffee and Tea themed quilts.  The directions were to make a 12" x 12" quilt with the theme, the colors or the fabric from countries that make tea & coffee.  I hope my colors count.  I've got everything from black coffee to green tea!  If you are local, bidding for the quilts will be between April 1 & Oct 1.  I will have to go check out everyone else's.

Oh, and it needs a name!  Any suggestions?


Unknown said...

Days always square up with a cup o coffee? Long name... great application? I like it!

Mindy said...

...but I can't help you at all with suggestions for a name. I have ZERO creativity for that type of thing. ;-)

Jill said...

"Tumbled Grounds"? (To reference the crooked nature of it.)

Anyway, I like your quilt. I agree that embracing mistakes makes them less noticeable--it's not a mistake anymore!

- said...

I think your correction turned out perfectly. I love the second one as well.

Marie C. said...

That looks great! I always admire people who can really quilt -- I don't have the patience to do much in that arena myself, but I love watching what others produce.

I saw your post at Momnivore's Dilemma and I'm now following your blog!

Angie in SoCal said...

Good Save!

Unknown said...

Hi, I am at present making a snowman 1" pieces. There are over 700 pieces and I am loving it. I hope to make an Iris for our local show and it has over 1200 pieces. Love a challenge.