Monday, January 10, 2011

Why sewing at 1:00AM isn't the greatest idea ...

Thank you all for listening to my whining last week.  I'm happy to say that the Urban Chiks blocks have been retired, hopefully for re-purposing in the not-too-distant future.  I'm also happy to say that the new Mon Ami blocks made with Aster Manor are turning out very well!

While I love the colors in this line, this quilt is definitely looking too grown up to be a baby quilt, as I had originally intended.  Luckily, however, my dining room is done in shades of brown and red ... and has a big, empty wall where this quilt would look great, just in time for spring!

I decided over the weekend to switch gears a bit and work on a project I started over the Christmas break.  While at the Pacific International Quilt Show last fall, I stopped by the Fig Tree & Co and purchased Joanna's Salt Water Taffy quilt pattern ...

(Pattern and Photo Copyright: Joann Figueroa, Fig Tree & Co.)

... and over the Christmas break I decided to use some of the FQ's from my big "Black Friday" purchase to try the pattern out.  Her quilts are GORGEOUS, but this pattern has a ton of steps and unfortunately a great deal of unusable trimmings.  Despite this, however, I'm really enjoying the process of putting it together, and Saturday afternoon I blazed through all of the pinwheel blocks for the body before hubby and I had to leave for our brother-in-law's birthday dinner.

{Tangent: BTW: We ate at Aioli Bodega Espanola in midtown Sacramento.  If you live in the Sacramento area, I highly recommend it!  The ambiance is fantastic and the food is terrific.  Their entrees are a little bit on the pricier side, but their Tapas (Spanish Appetizers meant to share as a group) are the best I've had in town, and you can definitely make a full meal off them alone.  You also can't been the great sangria and assortment of Spanish wines they offer, not to mention the great live Flamenco Guitarist who played throughout the evening!}

We had a great meal, but I'm fairly certain that the decaf espresso I order after dinner really wasn't.  I ended up sewing until about 1:00AM and managed to finish all the interior blocks.  I pinned them up on my design wall, snapped a couple of pictures, and went to sleep happy!

I spent Sunday morning piecing all the border blocks, and 'lo and behold ... when I to pin them on the design board, I realized that I had pieced ALL of the inner blocks incorrectly!!  Rather than sewing the white corner blocks to the printed side of my pinwheels, I had just matched the white fabrics together and sewn away.

I really feel like I've been batting 1,000 lately!!!!  Luckily, there was a CSI marathon on TV Sunday afternoon for me to watch and two puppies to curled up at my feet to keep me company while I pulled all the corner triangles off.  I tried to be as careful as I could, with the hopes of reusing them, but I'm thinking that starting with brand new blocks will yield the best result.

Long story short ... my Weekend-WIP photo is really just an empty border. :)

Moral of the story: Sewing in the wee small hours of the morning ... even when heavily caffeinated ... is never a good idea ...

1 comment:

Deborah in Atlanta said...

Oh Shelley, my heart goes out to you. Although, I must say, it does my heart good to read about things like this, because I know I'm not all alone when I make my goofy mistakes. And you know what? I "love" the final photo showing all of the inside blocks removed with just the border on your design wall. That really does say everything, doesn't it? Question - I'd like to receive your post updates via e-mail. Can you put one of those box things on your blog for me to subscribe for e-mail updates? dmj53(at)hotmail(dot)com