It's March Madness time and I have just reached my 200th post. Now I'm not into basketball, but I can relate to the madness part. First, it's been a very long, cold and dreary winter so I'm feeling the effects of cabin fever and looking forward to spring. It's just beginning to warm up here in Toronto and I certainly hope it continues to do so with no more surprises from Mother Nature.
Since this is a blog about quilting, let's talk about things that drive you nuts when it comes to quilting, this should be good for a laugh of two. I'm a true believer in laughter helping to cure what ails you, so I'm hoping that this entry can make you laugh and put a smile on your face.
So perhaps I will start out with a couple of "What was I thinking" moments that just happened recently. I place an order for some fabric about a month ago and was beginning to wonder what had happened to it, since normally it should take about 2 weeks to get here. I then get an e-mail just over a week ago saying that they got my order returned to them because my address was incomplete and I would be credited the cost of the fabric but unfortunately not the shipping (that's normal). So I go on their web site and check out what I had entered on my account page and I completely forgot to put in the street number for where I live - DUH!. That certainly makes it rather difficult to deliver anything when they can't find which location on the street to drop off the package at.
Early this year I was looking to buy some templates to make Dresden plate blocks and found some nice ones made by Ardco from precision metal that are window style which would allow you to audition fabric if you wanted to fussy cut the plates. The templates came in 6", 12" and 14" block sizes. The price wasn't bad so I decided to order all 3 sizes. When they arrived I look at the templates and I have this puzzled look on my face, the 6" template looks very small to me. Boy this would be a lot of work cutting these tiny plates, there is no way that they are 6". Then it dawned on me, DUH, the individual plates are not 6" in size, the finished block is 6" in size. How many times has this happened to you, when you read something, but you completely misinterpret what you read. So the templates that actually make a finished 12" or 14" block aren't bad, but for me, the 6" one is just to much fussy work that I will never bother to use it.
My last recent madding event was when I was working on the Secret Garden quilt. I typically measure twice, cut once. Well with that quilt, I think my motto should have been measure twice, then measure once again before cutting. Several times I ended up cutting blocks the wrong size, sashing the wrong size, and finally when I was sewing together my binding, which I cut at 2 1/2", the last piece didn't quite match. So when I measured it, for some reason it was cut at 2 1/4". My bag of extra scraps grew faster this time around.
On a final note if you wish to read an older blog of mind you can go here to read about the time I ended up quilting a file folder to the back of a wall hanging that was going to be a present for our friends in Hawaii.
So time to show you what I have this time around for the March Madness giveaway. The first giveaway will honour the 6" Dresden plate template. You will receive the template, a book titled "Dresden Plates of Distinction" by Sharon Stroud and 4 pieces of fabric.
Both of these giveaways will be based on a random selection from the comments that people leave. To win one of these giveaways you must answer any one of the following 3 questions to share a little laughter with everyone. If you just leave a comment saying to count me in and not answer one of the questions then you will not be entered in the draw. If you have a preference for only one of the prizes over the other let me know and I will make sure your name is in for the one you want.
In addition I will have at least 1, maybe 2 bundles of fabric to give as my choice to the person(s) who make me laugh the most &/or puts the biggest smile on my face. I'm still picking those fabrics, so no photos but they will be good quality quilting fabrics. So here are the questions. You just need to answer one.
Question 1: What makes you mad when it comes to quilting in general and why? Is it all the ironing, running out of thread, figuring out the patterns, putting the quilt sandwich together, etc.
Question 2: What was one of the more recent things that happened to you that is quilt related that drove you nuts and why? (running out of fabric, the dog stealing your blocks, etc.)
Question 3: Have you ever bought anything, be it quilting supplies, fabric, patterns, etc. and then either when you got them, or even a year or two later, say to your self - What was I thinking. If so, what was it and what is weird, ugly or useless about this item now that you look at it.
The giveaway is open until Wed March 23rd at 6 p.m. eastern daylight savings time. Good luck to everyone and I'm looking forward to reading everyone's maddening stories.