Monday, October 25, 2010

What A Doofus And Lessons Learned

I believe we're finally on the mend, although I'm still having coughing fits - let's hope this is the only cold of the season we get, as it was a doozy.

And here's why I'm a doofus.  The layout of the baby quilt I showed in my last post was wrong.  You don't do a rectangle, then a short piece, then a rectangle.  You do it like this:

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All long pieces, except at the end.  You use a short piece at alternating ends.  This quilt top is finally finished, although it hasn't been squared up yet.  I'm scared to - the blocks drift decidedly west.  There's a warp in my brick wall.  And this is why I am not a piecer, I much prefer applique.  I don't know how this happened or if I can fix it.  I press, I don't iron, each piece is cut exactly, I use a quarter-inch foot.  I'm a failure.

Lessons learned.  Number one, and bears repeating [FOUR TIMES], don't blow-dry your hair near your design wall.  Lesson two, don't upload stitchery designs for your friends unless you're done designing.  I added more, and I've uploaded the pdf file [edit: pattern no longer available].  Lesson three, if you are a bad piecer, find a friend who is good at it.  Lesson four, don't try to piece while under the influence of cold medications.

The stitcheries.

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The little birds were based on the fabric in the quilt with the little children on it.  I thought they were too cute.

John went for his third interview yesterday morning.  They told him they had more people to interview and should know by the end of the week.  This is quite the process for a temporary, holiday retail position.  Is this the way they do things now?  Back in the day, you'd walk in, talk to the manager, and be told when  you'd start.  At least, that's the way it worked for me.  Now, you need a resume to apply at Burger King.  (insert shocked face here)  I've no clue how someone who has never had a job is supposed to create a resume!

I will probably be offline for a couple of days.  We're going to get high winds tomorrow and I usually don't even turn my computer on during something like that - even with a surge protector it worries me to lose power while it's running.  I'm not good with surprises.  I wanted to share a couple of books I've found at the library but it can wait til later in the week.  Be safe and well, see you soon!

32 comments:

Dolores said...

Allie, those little stithcheries are so cute for the baby quilt. Glad to hear things are getting much healthier on the home front. I do like your list of lessons learned.

Michelle said...

LOL! Thanks for the tips.

I think your quilt looks great! Glad to hear you are feeling better.

Anne at Film and Thread said...

Your quilt looks wonderful to me. I don't see any problem with it and the dear little embroidery bricks are just so sweet.

That seems excessive for your son to have to go 3 times. But, I guess with so many people looking for work, they can really be picky. Maybe he will hear soon!

Terry said...

Oh Allie...what a sweet quilt! I love the extra little stitcheries you did for it! Hope you can get it squared up without too much trouble. :0)

Fleurette@ Fleur's place said...

Its perfect! Such a pretty quilt, the little stitcheries are so cute! Glad that you are feeling much better.

Melody said...

Hi Allie, That is a delightful little quilt.
Glad to hear you are on the mend. Take care.

BubzRugz said...

That is a lovely little quilt and such cute stitcheries..... sounds like it was a fiddly one to do but really has worked out so nice.....
Glad you are better...
Hugz

Jan said...

Glad you are feeling better. Love your baby quilt---the little stitcheries are so precious!

West Michigan Quilter said...

Your quilt looks beautiful. I didn't notice there was a problem on the first one. Good luck to John. I'm worried too about those winds coming tomorrow. Hope we don't lose electricity.

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

You are anything but a failure!!! I love this quilt as will the person whom it is made for. The sweet embroidery squares are precious.

Hope you don't loose power during the storm!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Your stitcheries are lovely Allie and the quilt is gorgeous...I do hope you are feeling better soon...

Michelle May said...

Glad you are doing better Allie. I think your quilt turned out lovely. You made me laugh about blow drying your hair near your design board! Too funny.
Finding a job now a days is much harder than it use to be for sure.
xx, shell

Mary-Kay said...

I'm glad you're feeling better. And I just love your baby quilt. It looks great to me.

Valerie said...

I love the little stitcheries. You are so good at that. Can you explain to me how to trace them on fabric? I did it the other day but wanted to hear exactly how you do it.

Ivory Spring said...

This quilt is absolutely darling - love the stitchery....

Mary said...

What an adorable baby quilt Allie! The stitcheries you included are so precious. I know what you mean about the way job hunting/interviewing is done these days. I can't imagine trying to go through the process these days, especially as a young person just starting out. I'll keep John in my prayers for success in his search.

Allie said...

Allie you're the best! The quilt looks adorable, and I love the advise on blow drying hair! I totally got a visual on that one.

Rebekah said...

Adorable quilt! I love the brick road style patchwork and your stitcheries are perfect in this. Beautiful work!

Lauranie said...

Hey!! That's my friend you are talking smack about....NO ONE that makes something THIS sweet and PRETTY is a doofus!! I LOVE the little sun...sooooo sweet! I am glad you are starting to feel a little better! xoxoxo

susan m hinckley said...

That's one of the most delightful baby quilts I've ever seen! And you gave me a good laugh today. Thanks, Allie! (Hope your hatches remain battened down -- we're being blown to smithereens here, too!)

Dandelion Quilts said...

What a cute quilt. Love the sticheries....beautiful touch. Hope the job works out.

Talin's Corner said...

FIrst off, I want to say that you made me laugh today. And everyone knows that you need a good laugh from time to time. Oh, do you want to know what my doofus lesson is? "Do not put your index finger (or any finger, for that matter) under your sewing machine needle; especially if the machine is running".

I think the quilt looks great, I hope you are able to square it.

And as to the job hunt, a big yes. I know so many college graduate that have not been able to find jobs. I was a bank teller right out of high school and now those jobs are going to college graduates. It is amazing. I am wishing John the best.

Shari said...

This is just the sweetest baby quilt - and it doesn't matter if the blocks don't exactly line up. I avoid that sort of thing when I design and make everything different sizes so it doesn't look like it should match up...

This is going to be loved and washed and loved some more... no one will get it off the baby long enough to look at your lines...

Must have high unemployment to have so many interviews for a summer job... it's good experience for them though... it seems like the larger retail chains now put you in to a 'recruitment' pool and you have to do tests and interviews to make it to the pool... I've heard store managers say they can only hire someone from the pool...

Good luck to him!

Carrie P. said...

so cute. love those birds. I probably should get off my computer too. We have rain and thunder. I don't like to be on it when it thundering either.

Martha said...

I just adore this little quilt. Your embroidery designs add just the perfect touch to an already darling quilt (and I can't really see any problem with the piecing!).

I hope we have one more pregnancy at school before I leave, because this would be a perfect quilt pattern. Thanks Allie for sharing your designs, and I hope John gets the job!

Sharon said...

Your little quilt is so sweet - and the stitcheries just make it above and beyond! I think your piecing looks just fine - you're NOT a failure! (come to the wonky side!)

Glad to hear that you're feeling better. Being sick is so miserable.

My fingers are crossed for your son! It's so tough to get a job nowadays. I hope he succeeds.

jan said...

What cute little stitcheries! I might have to put one on a onesie! I think the quilt is very sweet!

bluebird-lyn said...

Hello Allie, beautiful babies quilt...love the stitcheries and colours you have chosen....hope you are feeling better soon....good luck for your son's job..not easy...hugs lyn

Aimee said...

Hey there, Allie! I've been out for a while but now that it's getting dark so early, I'm back into the blogging world and I've enjoyed catching up with your posts! Cute hair (loved the comment about the "antique"!), extra cute quilt, and I've actually started hand stitching again over the last couple of weeks! I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it. I'll be stopping by more often, again.

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

Oh Allie - I so love your stitcheries! They are SO cute! And, I love your quilt top too - I think you're just way to hard on yourself! I am glad to hear that you're feeling better - but sending some cyber chicken soup just to be on the safe side!

SisterlyLove said...

You are definitely NOT a failure. This is beautiful. The embroidery kills me. So sweet!

Genevieve

cq4fun said...

It's a great quilt and I downloaded the stitchery patterns to use next time I need a baby quilt.

I don't know if anyone else mentioned this, but if you alternate directions the rows are sewn, it helps. For instance, row 1 to row 2 sewed east to west. Row 2 to row 3, sewed west to east. If you keep alternating, it seems to keep the wonkiness manageable.

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