Don’t Get It Twisted

Protip: When it says read the full pattern before starting, read the full pattern before starting.

Twisted Ribbon
Twisted Ribbon pattern by Katie Rock.

Twisted Ribbons is a pattern by Katie Rock that was in an issue of Quilty.  It’s just flying geese, half square triangles (yay), and rectangle blocks.  I was going to make it scrappy…well, scrappy to the best of my ability.  It’s a fairly simple pattern so I figured I could make it without consulting my wise Momma Bear.   Well.  That was a mistake.

I’d never done flying geese.  I knew how to make them but had never actually made one.  The pattern in the magazine gives instructions on how to make individual flying geese. One. At. A. Time. 108 of them.  I soon learned this was not the best use of my time…”soon” being after I had cut all the individual pieces already.  Had I consulted Momma Bear before starting she would have passed down the knowledge of 1) the flying geese ruler, and 2) how to make multiple geese at a time.  Knowledge that I now know and wish I knew back then.

Amended Protip:  When it says read the full pattern before starting, read the full pattern before starting because there may be a different/more efficient way to make it.

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Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner

So apparently I’m not a very good blogger…it’s been over two months since my last post! Terrible.  My excuse is that I’m working full time now, which you know is a good thing but that means less time for ‘important’ things like quilting…and blogging.

That doesn’t mean I haven’t done ANY quilting.  Back in April I made a baby quilt for a dear friend of mine with super cute forest fabric that I was dying to buy.  I love how it turned out and the maple leaf panto I used to quilt it just fit the overall theme perfectly.

I recently (like last night) finished another baby quilt for another dear friend. I was hoping to have this time for when the baby was born but surprise! Baby couldn’t wait to meet the world and came early.  This was the first time I’ve done free motion meandering…and it turned out pretty great!  Even when meandering on paper, I always trap myself in a corner or something so I wasn’t all that confident when I started.  Near the end of the first row, I was getting the hang of it and finished this in no time.  Now I have to decide if I should give it right away or wait until Thursday so I can show it off at the Kanata Guild meeting.  What should I do??