I’m almost embarrassed to put up a photo of something I made today but I thought in the interests of learning and growth I’d show you. It’s a quilt block and it came together so very badly that I’m really not sure what I was thinking. Look. I made it as a contribution to the Quilts for Queensland project. Somehow, I think I’ll be having another go and chalking this one up to experience.
It was a pattern my mum sent me when I said I was going to have a go at blocks and having made something a little like it with my table topper, I thought how hard can it be? Well apparently quite hard if you want lines to go where they’re supposed to go and colours to look a little less like a dog’s breakfast. I learned a valuable lesson here – a few swatches of fabric on the floor that seem to go well together don’t necessarily work once they’re pieced together. It’s awful really! No balance at all but more disturbing is the complete wonkiness of the lines.
I think I have a lot to learn. But I’m having a laugh at myself really. Time to go back to basics and read up on cutting and piecing techniques. Now I’ve made it once, I’ll know how to avoid mistakes like that one odd red triangle there. How did that even happen? Any quilters who want to point me in the direction of good tutorials or books please speak up!
In happier news, I worked my fingers to the bone today to finish my doily. The final ten rounds took me the whole afternoon and now I just need to do the crochet edging and block it!
I also have a winner of my contest. Thanks for all the kindness and generosity in your comments. That was really sweet. Happily I can announce the winner is Pinry! I got a little thrill when I saw her name came up as I started to think of the lovely things I can gather together as a prize. Give me a little while, Pinry while I get it all sorted!