Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Broken Braids

I finished piecing B's quilt top a few days ago. It finished at 51x74, but I think I'm going to add a border of Essex yarn-dyed linen in black. Not a big one, probably only an inch and a half or so. About the same size as the sashing, because I feel like it needs some polishing. So I guess I'm not really done.... But I've moved on to piecing the back. And now to air my frustration with this pattern.... Number one, it's not even a herringbone, it's a braid. That's minor, I know, but let's at least get our designs right. Number two, I felt that this pattern lacked detail and was a bit confusing in it's instructions. In fact, it felt more like a tutorial than a $9 pattern. I feel a bit ripped off. I had to make several modifications for it to even work, mainly because it uses WOF (and not all fabric comes in the same widths, unfortunately). And I wasn't even able to do some of the instructions, so I just winged it. If you look closely, you can see one side doesn't even line up and the other side somehow lines up halfway through. Regrettably, I'm giving this to my perfectionist husband who just made me sand some bookshelves he made with 36, 80, 120, 150, and 220 grit sandpaper, even though I am PAINTING them, not staining. And this quilt is FULL of mismatched seams (I even used my 1/4" piecing foot and pinned like crazy). Bottom line, I most likely won't be buying another pattern from this designer any time soon. I am so frustrated. Oh well. It looks good from about thirty feet away.


  1. Fabulous! I love it in the light! Part of making something homemade id the mistakes. Honestly it looks very well match up from the pictures. Brian better be nice!

  2. Oh that is so frustrating! I'm hoping that people who don't quilt won't see the mistakes. He won't even know where to look for them. I think it looks awesome, but I have a high tolerance for mistakes in quilting. All the prints ended up working out really well. It is definitely manly. Maybe not as manly as that tiger blankie he has, but still manly. Why did our parents ever buy that swap-meet looking blanket?!?

    1. We now have BOTH of those stupid tiger blankets! Your dad gave us the other matching one. I hate them SO MUCH!! But alas, everyone in my family loves them. I am doomed.

  3. Maybe Brian bought it! Or it was a random relative gift. I think we used to do cousin gifts.