For the most part, I'm happy with all my quilt projects. I like the fabrics I picked to work with, I like the pattern instructions, and I like the design. My issue is that I take on too much and literally run out of time to work on the project and that's why most of my UFOs are UFOs. Once I drag a UFO out and start to work on it, I get that same feeling of excitement as when I started.
However, I have ONE project that's a nightmare. I've stitched a fair number of mystery quilts in my time and I'm done. I doubt that I'll ever do another one. The last one almost did me in. If a pattern is written logically, with good instructions for fabric choices, mystery quilts can be amazing, and I've had some great ones, and I've had some bombs. One bomb related to color was totally my fault. I should dig it out and show you. It's a good lesson in color.
Anyway, Sunday is our UFO club, and I had chosen this UFO as my project. Since it's almost Sunday, I'd better get to work.
This is a mystery from 2010? 2011?? For whatever reason, I decided to make the lap size AND the queen size. What the heck was I thinking?
Here's the colorway for the lap quilt. It's done - well, the top is done, and it's sitting in the "to be quilted" pile.
|The fabrics for the mystery lap quilt|
For the queen-sized quilt, I decided to buy the fabric recommended in the pattern. I'll start by saying this fabric is so NOT me; I have no idea what possessed me to buy it and make a QUEEN-sized quilt from it. It was a weak moment, to say the least.
So, here we go - here's the pattern to the end of Step 7 or something like that.
|The center of the quilt as per the pattern|
And YES, my quilt top looks the same. At this point, the top is 63" by 63" or something like that.
|My version of the center of the quilt|
|Blocks for the border|
So far, so good. THEN, I opened up the final installment, and I see this. I was MAD - hopping MAD. What designer would do this? YES - that outer border of the red is put together in PIECES. And the seams butt to each other in THREE PLACES along that seam. The instructions say to press the seams open to relieve awkward bulk.
|Does this make sense?|
|The blocks on the design wall|
|The fabric I have to work with|
|Progress is being made on the "new" quilt|
|A charm pack|