Quilting - Back in the Saddle
I had big plans for quilting over the Christmas break. I was going to do three quilts. It turns out, I only had time to buy fabric and cut the pieces for one quilt. It's going to be a pinwheel quilt. That means triangles are sewn together with rectangles to form a pinwheel pattern.
I cut all the pieces and arranged them on the floor of my study. Then I carefully laid them in piles and when I finally had some free time, I carefully set out to sew them together. There were 32 pairs of triangles and rectangles in all. And for each set, I had to flip the triangle over before sewing it to the rectangle. I know it doesn't sound like a lot of extra work, but it's one more step and one more thing to think about while I was working.
Then I laid the pairs out on the dining room table in preparation for the next step - cutting off excess fabric and ironing them.
They sat on the dining room table staring at me for three days. On the third day, I picked up a piece - a triangle sewn to a rectangle - the triangle I had been careful to flip over before sewing it to the rectangle - and realized....
....that they were sewn together backwards.
All 32 of them.
Motto: Every mediocre quilter ought to invest in a good stitch-ripper.