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That word has been going through my mind today since DS mentioned it after discussing the wedding quilt and my design miscalculation of fabric availability.  Apparently WILLING oneself to have enough fabric does not necessarily  mean there WILL be enough.  

This is a project with a deadline.  Saturday.  This Saturday.  I started it last Monday after sending the graduation quilt on its way.  It is a big block quilt - nothing fancy or difficult.  I'm down to the last border and have just enough fabric for 3 borders, but not the fourth - in my case, the top.  What should have taken me a day or two tops has been fraught with interruptions and, well, design adjustments on the fly.


I look at my graph paper and my calculations and wonder how did I not pick up on this.  I thought I'd figured it just right and that there would be enough of my feature fabric for the blocks and the borders.  I knew it would be close, but apparently I was off by 1/4 of a border.  (Can anyone say "math challenged?")


So after considering several options I'm going with some applique across the pillow-tuck.  Something that will tie into the quilt, look planned, and not scream, "SHE RAN OUT OF FABRIC!!!"  Applique is not my forte and since I don't have time for needle turn, which would be my preference, I'm just doing some raw-edge machine applique.  

I really need to get this in the frame and get it tied so I can get the binding on.  DIL can drive while I stitch for the 5 hour drive it will take to get to the wedding destination.  I'd hoped to have it all finished before Saturday, but it's looking a little grim.  

Please tell me I'm not the only crazy person, quilter out there who does this.  :o)  DH just shakes his head.

Maybe I should have just bought them a toaster instead...

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Comment by betweens on May 29, 2015 at 10:46pm

Sometimes recalculating means redesign, sometimes these changes in a new direction will actually give a better production on our creative quest. Would love to see the finished quilt I am sure they will be very very happy with it.


Comment by Joanna liguz on May 26, 2015 at 7:39am

So we're all the same,,,always trying to do the ONE thing...But it will be great when you give it to them.. Enjoy! 

Comment by Amanda Best on May 22, 2015 at 9:47am

I thought I was the only one!

I bet it will all come out beautifully, though, and good luck!

I don't have GPS or a smart phone either, I like old fashion things.

Comment by Barb/WI on May 21, 2015 at 5:26pm

Probably most anyone who has quilted for any length of time can identify!  Sounds like you have it all pretty well figured out.  The bride and groom will never know, and they will appreciate the work you've put into making something so special for them.

Comment by Shannon, ON on May 21, 2015 at 4:39pm

Post a pod? Dang auto correct. A PIC. Lol

Comment by Jodi Cramer on May 21, 2015 at 12:31pm

I've done that! Took the last stitch as we drove up to the door. Worth it though because she loved it. And, think of this . . . the fact that you had time to post about this means that you have enough time to finish. No problem.

Comment by Shannon, ON on May 21, 2015 at 12:09pm

No GPS or smart phone either.  I am sure the quilt will be lovely and remember to post a pod!

Comment by LKC on May 21, 2015 at 10:56am

We give a quilt we have made because it is part of who we are.  The love we have to give of our time to make a one and only special quilt just for them. It will come together. Tie a big ribbon around it.

Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on May 21, 2015 at 9:39am

 I bet the quilt will be lovely anyway and the bride and groom will know it was made with love.  What better gift could it be?  

Comment by Barbara Graham on May 21, 2015 at 9:22am

I'm with you the whole way. Not only the disappearing fabric trick, the poor math, the underestimation of time available vs time needed--been there. It sounds like you've got a plan. It will be wonderful. Anyone can hand over a toaster. You're giving them love.

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