Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A Good Tool.

Cut & sewn correctly.
How do you figure out the value a good quilting tool?

Mess up your cutting so bad you can't use it!

This is step 2 of the Star Light Star Bright Quilt A Long.
My flying geese took shape part Wing Clipper method, part traditional method, but not by choice. 

And look how pretty.
I have to begin by telling you, I am not known for sewing slowly or methodically. I like to race through things and this time I really paid for it.  I zoomed through my first set of flying geese and they turned out wonderfully. I love the Wing Clipper by Deb Tucker that we carry at the shop. It helps you make 4 perfect flying geese out of 5 squares of fabric.

The assuption is that you have cut the fabrics correctly. And that's where I goofed. I cut all my background squares 1" too small for the second round of flying geese. I noticed that they looked different, but I didn't stop to measure and I kept sewing. I knew it wasn't right when I trimmed them all, then started to press.
When it doesn't look right, it probably isn't.

Emma has been itching to take a walk up on the bridge and up onto the hill above the shop. It was a good time for a break, some fresh air, and refocus on the day.

When we got back, out came the seam ripper and with a little help from Mom, they were all 'unsewn'.

Sewing was slow and steady from that point on since I was now dealing with all bias edges where I needed to sew, I didn't need to be streatching the fabric too.

It took longer than I wanted it to, but they're all done now and ready for the next step. 

A bridge break with Emma can solve almost any problem.
Ready for the next step... finally!


  1. Oh my goodness,no fun having to unpick so much. I am so glad you pushed through it, way to go!!! And here is hoping this next week goes easier :)

  2. I'm amazed that you took the time to rip out and fix it without a delay! I hate ripping out!! :) I'm glad that you were able to get them all done