Actually, there are two major lessons to be learned here. The first one is that you just can’t suppress a quilters desire to create – at least for this quilter! We had more snow and bad weather this weekend, so I was pretty sure no one would want to view the house. I thought I could whip out the piano borders for my Halloween Journey wall hanging. After all, it was just a matter of sewing together strips of fabrics, slicing them up and attaching the borders. It wouldn’t mess up my studio much and I could get it done fairly fast.
Here is as far as I got:
I began sewing together the strips, pressing the seams to one side and thought I was doing really well. After several rows I thought it looked as though it was getting a little wonky. Can you see how it curls on the bottom row? My seams are even; my strips are cut straight, each sewn strip measures exactly one inch from end to end – what could be wrong? I decided to alternate each strip a different way – selvedge on one side, raw edge on the other and see if it would straighten out. Nope. So I stopped. I think this is happening because I am sewing along the “stretchy” edge of the fabric. Do you agree? Lesson two learned – research something you haven’t done before you begin a project. Gee – I thought this would be so simple!
So before I rip everything out and begin again, do you have any suggestions? I plan to cut these strips into 4 vertical sections as borders. There are quite a few more strips to be sewn as well. I know many of you have made “strip quilts” from scraps. So has anyone else had this problem? Any comments you might have will be greatly appreciated!
I’m so glad you enjoyed the first chapter of my Minam River Wedding story. Soon I’ll post another chapter!