Anatomy of a disaster

Good grief.  How freakin’ hard can this dad-gummed block be??

1I made 4 of these blocks yesterday.

The first one was okay.

The second one was very skewed and looked more like a parallelogram (see above picture), and it wasn’t big enough to trim square.  I started starching the fabrics after that.

The third block I assembled backwards.  Dammit!

The fourth one I figured was going to be perfect.  Strips were starched.  Patches were laid out in order.  Strips were cut generously to allow for squaring up after assembly.  And the block DID turn out perfect, trimmed to 7.5″.  But something went wrong somewhere, because the block somehow ended up with no seam allowances!

At that point I realized it would be pointless to continue, so I allowed myself a good pout, poured a margarita, and went to bed.

I woke up this morning with the idea of sewing the strips together from light to dark, so the block would look like it was glowing.  I cut and measured carefully, starched carefully, sewed carefully.  But once my block was assembled I realized I had ONCE AGAIN made a mistake – instead of sewing the strips from light to dark, I had sewn them from dark to light.


Maybe the universe is trying to tell me that this quilt just isn’t meant to be!

peg large sigp.s.  You may be wondering why I only showed a picture of one block.  It’s because I took the rest outside, threw them on the ground, and ran them over with the lawnmower. I was going to keep the first one, since it was the best block.  But somehow the wonky parallelogram block was the only one to escape the lawnmower.

See?  I can’t even get destruction right.



7 thoughts on “Anatomy of a disaster

  1. BLESS you for posting this! I sometimes feel like I am the only one who ever has problems making a block. It is so refreshing to know that this can happen to anyone.

    BTW, I LOVE the idea of running over ‘bad blocks’ with the lawn mower. I am adding this move to my quilting repertoire. ~grin~ (I already have the margarita and pouting skills down pat, due to lots of practice.)

    Thanks again for your honesty, grace and sense of humor. I’m sure your next sewing session will go really well.


  2. Too bad because this is a gorgeous block. What about if you sewed longer strips to the red squares then after sewing the strips together trimmed to the correct block size? You know…over an inch bigger…on both sides. Then square up? Would that work?

    • Hi Paulette,

      Thanks for your suggestions! Once I paid closer attention to what I was doing, and was more careful with assembling the strips, I was able to make several “perfect” blocks. However, I changed the scope of this project, so I’m abandoning them – for now. 😀

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