I was reviewing a design round of Midnight Quilts by Lerlene Nevaril before it was published, and I had to make one of the quilts in it called Beyond the Grid.
This quilt created an illusion that I kept thinking about, and not only did I want to make it, I wanted to resize it for a queen size bed…making it the most challenging quilt I have sewn to date. I have never done 1″ pieces, nor has every little piece had to be just so. While working on my project, the blocks came together well, but when it was time to put the sashing (with dreaded cornerstones) onto the blocks, it didn’t line up. It wasn’t just a bit off, it was WAY off. I kept adding up the math for the blocks and I kept thinking the instructions were wrong.
Lucky for me we have some great technical editors at C&T, including our Creative Director Gailen Runge. When I showed Gailen the quilt, she pulled out a ruler and started measuring. To my happiness (about the book) and to my horror (about my sewing skills), Gailen said that the pattern was fine, and that I had not been quite as careful with my 1/4″ seams as I should have been. I was off by anywhere from 1/32″ to 1/8″ and when you add that up over 80 inches across, you get a messy set of cornerstones.
So if you look close, you can see where I’m off. But from far away, if we all squint, it is fine. Anyhow, I finished it, learned a lesson about needing to be a bit more precise (if I want to), and I get to give it to my friend Sherri for her birthday only a month late.
I find that no matter what I do, I am always learning…and for me, that is the most I can hope for because it keeps me happy. So take a few minutes to check out the book on our website or at your local quilt shop…you’ll love how Lerlene uses black and other dark fabrics. Click here to see a few more of her project quilts from the book.
Now for the giveaway…one lucky person will win a copy of Midnight Quilts! To enter, leave a comment on this post telling us about your most epic quilting “fail.”
For a second entry, log in to your Amazon account and “like” this book, then come back here to leave a separate comment saying you did so.
Deadline to enter is Sunday, 4/22/12. One comment will be drawn at random to win…the winner will be contacted via email and listed here as an update to this post. Good luck and happy quilting!
4/23/12 UPDATE: Judy Forkner is our winner – congratulations!