Didn't actually sew as much as I'd imagined. Some hotel rooms were better laid out for that kind of thing, logistically, and some evenings I simply opted to use the hotel treadmill or pool or watch a movie instead.
Nevertheless, I did get a few Quilty 365 circles done. My orange stash is pretty much exhausted, as far as variety, so I'm going to have to repeat some fabrics or...something/insert creative idea here...to finish out the month of October.
I also started piecing a quilt using an Aspen Frost layer cake won in the Hands2Help charity quilt project giveaway a few months back.
I finished up the piecing this week. It was simple and straightforward, a free quilt pattern called Precious Gem, found HERE.
Got it laid out on the design wall, things looked good, and started to sew the first rectangular pieces together yesterday.
One seam in, I noticed something was not right.
What in the world? Why was there a good half-inch gap between my corner triangles? Had I cut my corner pieces too small? Was I supposed to trim the rectangles from the layer cake to a different size first?
I went back and reread the instructions. Nope, I had followed them exactly.
*...mumbling and grumbling...will it matter?...maybe not...maybe so...ugh...*
Well, the only way to fix the gap and make the points match was to trim a half inch from the length of each rectangle. I didn't like the idea of losing several inches in the overall size of the quilt by having to do that, but there didn't seem to be another option. Other than live with the gap, I suppose, but the way I'd planned the piecing, using two different gray fabrics in the corners, was done to play up the diagonal part of the design. If there's a gap, then is there a continuous diagonal at all?
So I'm resolved now to giving each piece a haircut before I sew them together. I'm thankful I didn't sew half the quilt together before I noticed anything amiss. And I'm still wondering how did I miss something so seemingly (or seamingly) obvious—if it looks easy, why is it not?
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How about you? Hit any bumps in the road this week?