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...