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Sunday, November 7, 2021

Weekend progress

I made a bit of an oopsie when I traced out the stitchery element of the final block of The Santa, The Tree, The Turkey and Me.
This block is a long narrow-ish one and has two overlapping design sheets...so of course I traced the lettering off one sheet, changed sheets and for some stupid reason traced the overlapped lettering a second time. Being night time I didn't see that I already had writing on my fabric. And of course they weren't perfectly lined up —

(It almost looks like it reads 'Now Disaster'!! hehe)
I couldn't see a way that I could stitch this tidily so I had to come up with an alternative way to complete the block. Most of the blocks on this quilt have a extra piece of linen which is decorated with stitchery or wool applique and then attached to the block. I realised I could do the same thing here.
So on Friday Night with Friends I set about to correct this, and got this far. I actually think it's going to work!
Thank you Cheryll for hosting us on Friday night as we all stitched along. You can visit her blog *here*.

I got a wee bit of sewing done over the weekend. Firstly Lily needed some tights sorted. You know when tights are baggy, they're no good! (And I do know quilters don't do 'mending' but occasionally this one does!) I've done a trial bit of seaming so that she could try them on for size....which she has....they were great....so now I can tidy them up (and do the second pair) and get them back to her.

I continued on with the scrappy Christmas Ornament quilt. I've decided to add a piano keys border top and bottom to make it just a little longer so it will fit better on a single bed. I spent a nice bit of time going through my Christmas scraps - pleasingly some of the fabrics I'd used for the ornament blocks were already all used up and now a few more are finished as well!
'til next time,
happy stitches,

22 comments:

Janice said...

Disaster averted. I’d have cried if I had done that. What a great fix. Your Christmas quilt is coming together so well. What a bonus to finish up snd fabrics.

Lin said...

You are making a great job of hiding your error - no one will ever know! The border for your ornaments looks perfect and sometimes, just sometimes, mending has to be done and anyway, in this case, it's alterations which doesn't count! xx

Maria said...

Great job at doing the fix up…. I’ve done that and had to redo the block…Grrrr!
Yes there are times we need to alter clothes , nice that the tights now fit Lily…
The piano keys look good on the Christmas ornaments top…..
Congratulations on the OPAM win, enjoy.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I'm glad you figured out a way to save the piece! and I love the Christmas quilt too

Linda said...

Very creative remedy for your stitching mistake! Good on you Granny for mending the tights. Love the Christmas Ornament quilt, good idea to add the piano keys borders, finishes it nicely.

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Love how you rescued your quilt piece--
I only use 'pencil'--plan old fashioned Bic pencils for all my tracing--cause I 'love' to make mistakes -at least it seems that way and with the pencils--I can erase them and start over!! and even later if my stitches go array--I can erase where I was suppose to stitch!! (I have lots frixon pens--but am too chicken to use them either--just my pencil!!!!
I have anew pair of flannel pj bottoms that will need to be shortened and hem--can I send them to you to do?????? (I will have to cut off enough on each leg--that you could probably get a pair of small kids pants from the left overs!!)
hugs, di

Jeanna said...

Very clever solution to the oopsie! You've had a nice creative weekend.

Jacqueline said...

I really enjoy your post’s

Fiona said...

Great fix there - will be a design feature.... Yes, we do mend for those little darlings we love (and big darlings sometimes) Piano keys always look so good on quilts - and of course a good way to use up those little pieces...
Hugz

Needledmom said...

That’s a great solution. No one, but you, will ever know. Lately it seems that I have been doing more mending than quilting. I need to correct that.

Janet O. said...

Nice save on the "Now Disaster"!!
If they aren't tight they can't be "tights". Someone had to fix that!
The piano key border looks just right! And it is amazing that some fabrics were actually used up. That is such a rare occurrence. ;)

Marie said...

That's a great way to fix your little 'disaster' - clever girl.

Karen S said...

Very smart fix. I agree that it works, too.
Yes, we all end up with the mending, fixing, altering - that's just the way it goes!
Can't wait to see the ornament quilt ready to go!!!

loulee said...

Great rescue. Looking forward to seeing a completed top. Soon??? LOL
Love the piano key borders on the ornament quilt. A great way to use up some scraps.

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

You did a great job fixing your oopsie! Love your ornament quilt too xx

Cheryll said...

Great recovery... well done.
I like the Christmas ornaments too...xox

Susan said...

What wonderful things you are working on right now, even the tights. Nothing plain and black about those! Great solution to that stitchery problem, too.

Angie said...

Raewyn - such a clever way to fix an "oopsie"!

kiwikid said...

Great save on the Christmas quilt Raewyn! Hope the tights are acceptable now!! The ornament quilt is coming along really well.

Jollygirl said...

Do you have a pattern or tutorial for the scrappy ornament blocks you are making?

Michelle Ridgway said...

Hello Raewyn.....great save there...looks good! Love your scrappy ornament blocks....lovely xx

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

Your ornaments piece is beautiful. I would love to make one for a tablecloth. Do you think it would work as such?