Thursday, July 25, 2013

Going Backwards?

It seems as if I've gone from summertime plodding on my quilt projects, which manifests in s-l-o-w forward motion, to going backwards! I sure hope my quilting skills haven't peaked and are now going the other direction. I made such a blunder on this project. This is one panel for a bag I'm making as part of a Craftsy class taught by Tara Rebman, Quilt-as-You-Go Patchwork Bags. She's an excellent instructor, and I enjoyed making the pieced panel. I pulled two storage bags of scraps from my collection, and have pretty much limited myself to using only those in the patchwork. It's good to use up bits and pieces, and fun to see how they blend together. I did purchase the larger bag bottom piece which is a medium-weight denim. However, I made a blunder in tracing the bag half-pattern. Of course I saw it after completing the piecing and quilting. It was a "smack your forehead" moment for sure. Want to know what I did, or can you spot it?


The panel doesn't look like much at this point, before trimming. But it was here that I spotted the error. I placed the fold line of the half-pattern on the side of the bag rather than at the center, flipped the pattern and repeated. So the deep curves at the sides in the photo above are really supposed to be at the center of the bag. My mistake places the bag handles closer together and leaves the sides of the bags shallow. I was chatting and laughing with others while tracing the pattern, which is a lesson to me in keeping a better focus at critical points. Not that I wouldn't have done the same thing if I was at home alone! Tara also provided a full-pattern piece, but I'd have had to make a special trip to town to print it out, so I opted not to. Rural dwellers do stuff like that. Live and learn. What to do?? My answer- I got this far, let's see what the bag looks like by finishing it up anyway. So stay tuned, time will tell. The lining is done, and I have one more panel to piece. Hope I don't regret investing more time in it. It sure won't look like any of my classmates' bags! Maybe I need a vacation... which is exactly what we're going to do. I get to go to the Pine Tree Quilter's show in Maine over the weekend. That's sure to get my head straight.

And the quilt-as-you-go (QAYG) acronym reminded me of another one that stumped us for quite some time. AUCE. We kept seeing it on restaurant signs, and tried to figure it out. Thought maybe they left off the S for Sauce, but that really made no sense. At last the light dawned and we understood it represented all you can eat! Can you tell we don't dine in buffet restaurants much? Ha!


4 comments:

Robbie said...

Geezzz Funny...I couldn't figure out what the AUCE meant! We, well, I, don't do buffets! I want to be waited on and don't like eating all that food...
This is such an interesting project!!! What fun!! Can't wait to see it finished...finished.

Nancy said...

I think it's pretty smart of you to figure your way out of the situation.....Often I just want to toss it aside but you did the smart thing and kept working.....Yours will be an original.....

Susan said...

Bag lpanel looks great. Have fun on your vacation.

Dorothy Donna Parker said...

I think you are doing a fabulous job of 'fixing' it! Often It's my opinion that errors and the process of solving the issues just keeps us more creative. It's going to be gorgeous. Enjoy your weekend - and bring us lots of photographs! Sorry I haven't been around - under the weather. hugs, Donna