Who knew my post last week would prove so prophetic. My scrap quilt was proceeding at light speed, and giving me some mindless sewing relief from a stressful week. I was going to have more free time over the weekend to possibly even finish up the top.
Over the weekend, I played with a number of layouts, and rearranged the blocks so that that some of the brighter blocks were more distributed and the same fabrics did not come together. I wasn’t 100% pleased with the distribution of color, but I wasn’t unhappy enough to start taking blocks apart (somehow my yellows are only in a small number of blocks and those blocks may have more than 1 yellow…). Since the blocks are so scrappy, I decided to only sew together one row at a time, to minimize the chance of mixing up block order. When the first row had the last block added, I sewed together the first two blocks of row two, then just to be sure I had everything in order, I put the newly sewn row 2 blocks and the first row down to look at the overall layout.
Umm. Wait. That’s not right.
My quilt alternates wide blocks with narrow blocks, with several wide blocks together in the middle of the quilt. But instead of that, the top block had narrow-wide-narrow-wide-NARROW-wide…Grrr. I had somehow sewn the wrong edges together. Now, I usually do not unsew, but this was a major error. I unstitched one seam, ironed the pieces flat again, and resewed it in the right order, ironed it, and layed it out.
That’s when the swearing began. (Mom, if you are reading this, it is a figure of speech. Really. *cough*)
Patches of fabric matching up in at least 4 places…now one of those was there before, but now it matches on both sides! And that dark fabric at the bottom that runs across two whole blocks….Fixing this mess requires unstitching at least two seams, maybe 3…I don’t know, maybe 4! How the heck did I do that?
I have decided to leave it for now and work on the rest of the quilt and the other scrap blocks I have been playing with. When the rest of it is together, hopefully my rage will have subsided and I can think calmly about how to fix this mess.
Linking this up to Free Motion by the River.