|Starlight Plaid top designed and sewn by Joanne Kerton, Canuck Quilter Designs|
I've been alternating sewing it up and writing the pattern. I had it all written up before I started sewing, then decided I really should include alternate sizes, which then led me to assemble the star centers in strip sets, and it all required lots more calculating and figuring for the various sizes and in the end I have a much better pattern. All it needs now is testing. If you'd like first crack at this pattern as a volunteer tester, send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Pattern includes baby, throw, twin and queen sizes.
Though it really is a straightforward pattern, making the top was a bit of an adventure. I think because it was such a simple construction I didn't pay as much attention as I should have and I let my mind wander. Sigh. Sewing while distracted leads to miscutting, mistaken seams and ripping!
|Exhibit A: miscutting|
Things went very well after that until I started assembling rows. I used the very clear assembly diagrams in my pattern and promptly sewed row 3 to the side of row 4. The pattern did it right. I did it wrong! I clued in when I started pressing the seam.
|Exhibit B: That's not right!|
That was a really long seam to rip and redo. Of course after I did so, I read @homeinottawa's comment on Instagram, which kindly pointed out I didn't need to rip the whole seam. I could have removed the end triangles and reoriented them without ripping the whole long seam. I took note for next time!
And yes, there was a next time, though I don't have photographic evidence of it. Solid fabrics are the same on both sides. The skinny red border is pieced to make it long enough. It's a red solid. Can you guess what I did? Yup. I sewed the border on wrong side down, so the seam allowance where the two strips meet ended up on the right side of the quilt. There were grumbles, but also a tiny bit of smugness because this time I just ripped the short seam in the binding strips, and resewed that with the seam allowance relocated where it should be, rather than ripping and resewing the whole border.
The borders were not done with me yet. I sewed the last borders on in the wrong order. The pattern clearly states to sew top and bottom borders first, then the side borders. So of course I did the opposite and my top and bottom strips ended up too short. My husband, who had just proofread the pattern for me and knew what it said to do, looked at what I did and commiserated about people who just can't seem to follow the directions. I love him anyway.
Finally, can you explain this to me?
|Exhibit C: Amazing expanding border strip|
I measured! Three times! The top and middle and bottom of the quilt had the same measurement. I double checked! I even measured by laying the strip on the quilt and marking the strip! I cut both top and bottom strip together, so they would be the same size. The top went on perfectly. The bottom is 1/2" too long. The previous borders were the same length so I don't see how things suddenly became 1/2" off. Sigh. At this point I just wanted the top finished so I decided to just smooth it on flat, pin it, sew it and chop off the excess. That isn't best practice in borders, but at least it's flat and done.