October 31, 2012

Well that didn't work out very well

I hate to publish this, for all to see, but...it is what it is.

For my Modern 99 Bee a few months ago, we were asked to make this block.  It is paper piecing, which I really do like! But....I guess somewhere in the trim phase, I didn't trim right or too much to one side? I am not sure, but when I put them together (for the second time) this is what I ended up with. You can't see all the points and when it gets sewn again they will further deteriorate. The first time I had sewn the diamonds together, but that really does not help with three rows of three blocks, so the seam ripper has met each of the blocks (well except for the white one).

It is disappointing to send this block back because I am not proud of it, but practice makes perfect and  I hope that I can do better next time.  It isn't fair to only show the good stuff, so that I why I am showing you this one.  I, of course, wrote an apology note with the returned block.  Let this be a lesson to always start super early in new techniques/new patterns so if I am lacking I can order new fabric and start fresh.


  1. Well this happens to just about all of us at some point but I agree that it is super frustrating!! Beautiful block in spite of the missed points. Thanks for being real.

  2. This has happened to me to. I actually have a storm at sea mini quilt that I claim that I purposely made wonky that was really supposed to be perfect, but since I really didn't mean for it to be wonky and it turned out that way I quilted it to make the wonkiness look like it was on purpose. Sorry that yours is for a bee so you can't hide your mistake, however your colors look wonderful!

  3. I had the same issue Julie. I lost count of the times I undid the seams!! The templates that were sent weren't quite right, so I ended up making my own templates. Once its all quilted no-one will ever see the non-points, but I know what you mean about sending back a block that you don't feel happy with.


I look forward to reading your note - thanks for taking the time to comment!