Friday, November 4, 2011

I have the math skills of a 2 year old

Wait- that isn't fair to 2 year old children. They're just discovering numbers. Well I was so proud of myself for getting ALL the pieces of this quilt cut out. This the cover quilt, Dazzling Stars, from the Dec/Jan 2012 issue of Quilt magazine. I'm using my Debbie Mumm fabrics for this one.



With ALL my squares and triangle cut and waiting for me I figured I would push fabric through the sewing machine in a blissful stupor for hours last night. But first I started arranging some of the blocks on my design wall and it took no time at all to realize I am woefully short of several units.



I still need to cut over 50 half square triangle units and more than 60 3" square units. And since I want this to be scrappy it means I need to go back through my stacks of fabric which I neatly fold and returned to their assigned positions in my Debbie Stash. Grrrrr.... now if I had left the fabrics in a heap on the floor I'll bet I wouldn't be short any pieces. The amounts I have left to cut bear no resemblance to what I needed. It isn't like I forgot to cut half or a quarter of what I needed, I'm just short these random amounts. And I counted as I cut and left myself little hash mark notes, so as far as I can tell it isn't that I can't add or subtract, I can't count!!

Oh well to cheer myself up I made a trip to Joanns and found these...



a new Denyse Schmidt line call Daisy Mae. I haven't seen them anywhere on the web or heard anything about this line. There were 16 bolts at my Joanns. I didn't get all of them because a couple didn't talk to me (they talk to you too, don't they?). But I did get 3 yards of that green on the left - love it!

Have a great weekend-
carol fun

10 comments:

  1. How frustrating.......I know, I've been there! "sigh" Beautiful fabrics! Some also speak louder than others to me!

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  2. Let me get this straight. You didn't figure correctly in your cutting and as a reward for not screaming you bought more fabric. Cool - I like the way you think!

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  3. Yep....I'll admit, I've had those two year old moments too! Usually I have some milk and cookies, then take a nap! I like your method of going for more stash!!

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  4. No worries, my math is not much better....love your fabric from JoAnn's...

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  5. Well, there's nothing like some new stash to make you feel better! And lovely new stash it is too!

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  6. Oh I've done that many times...think I'm keeping good track of what I cut...make a hash mark for the same cut twice...or not at all...it's not as easy as it seems...LOL! Glad you had fun at Joann's...love that new fabric!

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  7. I was making a quilt last year that had numerous flying geese units. I cut them all out and sewed away for a few days. One morning I got up all ready to sew (I was almost done) and I was 18 units short. I couldn't believe it, I had been so careful in my cutting and calculations. After looking everywhere, I cut out more and sewed them together. I then found the original units on my settee, they were the same colors as the quilt that is on it - so I couldn't see them!!!

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  8. Thank you, Carol, for commenting on my blog as it gave me the opportunity to find your blog. (grin) I love the name of your blog. Don't you love going to JoAnns? I made a deal with myself that I wouldn't go shopping there any more, unless I had a plan. Well, I had a plan, so I had such a good time yesterday. Spent about 3 hours in our local shop. The workers there are so nice. I love it. I can't tell you how many times I have thought I had everything cut out for a quilt, only to find I was short on certain units. It happens. Of course, for me, it also happens that I go ahead and cut more units, only to find the first ones already cut out and just misplaced under a pile of fabric. LOL Pretty fabrics you got. Have a good one.

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  9. Oh bless your heart. I feel your pain. :0) That is going to be a gorgeous quilt. And such fun new fabrics. I am green with envy of you ladies who have a Joanns near by. :0)

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  10. At least you cut them the right size... cutting more is doable, but cutting the wrong size just bums me out. Fabric shopping therapy! You are a wise woman!
    Hugs!

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