Monday, May 6, 2013

Ring Toss quilt top

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This past weekend was the hubs weekend to work, and as I had zero going on in the way of plans for myself, that meant uninterrupted hours of sewing!  It was a gorgeous weekend, so I felt guilty spending all my time hunkered down in my sewing room stitching away, so I definitely took advantage and spent some quality time out in the sunshine as well.

It's been feeling a little monotonous lately, sewing away downstairs even when I'm working on something I'm excited about, so my new way to pass the time while stitching (especially when doing things like chain piecing) is to take advantage of our Netflix subscription!  I don't know why  I didn't think of this sooner, but it really helps to pass the time when doing repeated tasks, such as paper piecing those arc portions.  My latest guilty pleasure is Gossip Girl.  Nice and mindless which is perfect for passing the time!

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Now back to this quilt.  I've decided to name it Ring Toss, for obvious reasons, and I'm super pleased with how its come together...except for one thing.  Take a good hard look, can you tell what is wrong?  I can even sing that Sesame Street song, "One of these things is not like the other, one of these things is not the same..."  Argh.  Have you spotted it yet?  Yep.  The lower right corner circle is pieced with a different color linen!

When I started working on this quilt, I knew I didn't have nearly enough background linen to finish an entire quilt, but I was a bajillion percent sure it was Essex Linen in Natural.  So I pieced the first block with what I had, and ordered more and waited for it to arrive.  When the postman came with my package, I didn't even think to double check the color against what I had.  I was that sure.  So I went about my merry way, and it wasn't until I pieced the entire quilt top that I spotted my error.  Now I would still swear to you that both of these linens are Essex Linen in Natural, however due to my lack of solids labeling, (and pregnancy brain) I certainly could have been mistaken, or perhaps a dye lot difference?  Can that happen with linen?  Anyways, I'm leaning towards the former, but its frustrating none the less.

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On the bright side of my oversight, I've decided that I am going to put together a pattern for this quilt in multiple sizes, so I figure I will need to reconstruct a block anyways to take step by step photos.  At least the out of place block is on a corner, and should be relatively easy to seam rip and replace.

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw I spent a good bit of yesterday morning doing lots of quilty math and fabric calculations, as I have lofty goals to have this pattern ready for the Bloggers Quilt Festival, which begins next Friday and runs through the end of the month!  I realize this would be exceptionally speedy, but we'll see how quickly I can work.  I'm finally getting the hang of EQ7 which is tremendously helpful for template purposes, but I'm finding a few quirks in the software which are proving to be a little bit of a headache.  Once I get a feel for things, I'll be back with a full review.

17 comments:

  1. What you mean to say is that the lower corner is an intentional design element.

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  2. I love this quilt. I look forward to a pattern. I didn't even notice the background was different in the one block until you pointed it out. :)

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  3. It's really lovely, and I never would have noticed the different shade if you hadn't pointed it out. I'm thinking probably with quilting and washing, it won't even be noticeable.

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  4. I love this!!! If you are needing any pattern testers, keep me in mind!

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  5. Love it! This block was in the book put out by Fat Quarterly (I think) and I was so close to making it (I decided on something different.) Maybe your pattern will be better than the one in the book (it wasn't well done)!

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  6. Oh I've heard a load of people with dye lot issues around this particular colour, so it probably isn't you, honest! It looks great though, and I too wade through tons of series on Netflix when sewing :o)

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  7. Really love this design and colour combo - I probably would not have noticed the difference in the shade of linen either:)

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  8. How gorgeous! And how wonderful that you're writing this one up into a pattern. Love it!!!
    (and I would have never noticed the different shade of linen!)

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  9. This is lovely Jess! I wouldn't have noticed if you hadn't pointed it out!

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  10. Lovely quilt. I didn't notice the background until you pointed it out! And yes, dye lot changes can happen in linen as in any other fibre.

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  11. This is really lovely! Very cool you are going to write up a pattern!

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  12. The slightly different background adds CHARACTER to the quilt. When it's quilted, you won't even notice the difference... I think. Looking forward to the pattern.

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  13. Loving this! I wouldn't be surprised if it was a dye lot difference. I was just looking at the difference between a color card and an ordered bolt with my friend who works in a fabric shop. That's the nature of the beast; the color just varies a little.

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