I’m Having Issues

Cutting issues, that is.  Tonight I started cutting the prints for a class I’m taking next week.  I was so excited about the Riley Blake Chevrons that I bought.  I needed 21″ strips, and I am just a bit short on them after cutting off the selvedges.  I was very careful to just get the selvedges and barely any of the pattern, but I’m still just a bit short.  It’s so frustrating!  Then when I started cutting my three 10″x21″ rectangles, I was REALLY having problems.  I’m too short (again) to get to 21″ long, and for some reason I was having a really difficult time getting the darn things square!  On one of them, I’m off by almost 1/4″, and that’s not OK with me.  The problem is, I ordered my fabric from Fat Quarter Shop because it isn’t available locally.  I really don’t want to order 1/2 yd of fabric and have it shipped to me, but I also don’t know if I can get away with that last cut being so off.  UG!!!  To top it off, the pattern designer is leading the class, and I don’t want to look like a complete idiot!  Gaah!!

Deep breaths in…………….exhale.  It’s going to be alright….right??

I’ve buried the awfully cut navy chevrons on the bottom.


Later this week I tackle cutting the 3.25 yards of white.  I have to do TEN cuts of 10″x21″.  After tonight, I’m REALLY worried about how this is all going to go!

On The Back Burner:
Reunion – Cluck Cluck Sew’s Inside Out pattern.
(This is going to take a lot longer than I had originally thought!)

Next Up:
Lucy’s Crab Shack in Cluck Cluck Sew’s Plus pattern.

Somewhere down the line:
Table runners/coasters for the living room tables
Mug rug for my desk
Bliss quilt…I still have no clue what pattern
A Christmas Quilt
A Halloween Quilt
And many, many more!

And because it’s Wednesday, I’m linking up to Freshly Pieced.  Emily from Mommy’s Nap Time is guest posting for Lee this week.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


About msminnesota

I'm a wife, mom of two (one blue, one pink), and I work full time. Our family loves to camp, and we're often on mini adventures during the summer. My fall/winter/spring/rainy day hobby is quilting. I started about 10 years ago, then put everything away when The Blue One was born. A few years ago a good friend decided to take up this 'hobby' and I've been back at it ever since. She's my partner in crime (A.K.A. 'the enabler'). I have no aspirations of becoming a quilt designer - I'm just not that good at geometry (I rely on my math major/computer programmer husband to help with piecing backs at times!). This little blog is my way of chronicling my quilting adventures. Occasionally I post about non-quilting things as well. Thanks for stopping by. Don't forget to say HI! IG: wannabequilter
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5 Responses to I’m Having Issues

  1. Melissa says:

    I’m with you. I HATE cutting for a pattern! Somehow, no matter how incredibly careful I am, somehow it gets messed up. However, I have learned one thing…there is always a solution! 🙂 Maybe the pattern designer can show you how to modify the pattern, or how to fudge it a little, so you can use the lovely chevrons. 🙂
    Good luck!

    • msminnesota says:

      Melissa – thanks for letting me know that I’m not the only one!
      My quilting partner-in-crime Gretchen suggested that I put a pin on the ‘not square’ side so I’d know to square up the other edge. I’ll try that. I just can’t bring myself to pay $9 shipping for a $5 piece of fabric!

  2. Suzanne says:

    I don’t know why fabric is not standard widths – it makes it very difficult to follow patterns when what you have doesn’t match the pattern guidelines exactly. Sometimes I leave a “bit” of the selvedge if iI can just squeeze the piece in – especially if it will end up hidden in the seam allowance – but don’t tell the quilt police! Thanks for coming to comment on my blog… hope to see more of what you’re up to.

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