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31 May 2012


(this is a common sight in my studio when I'm in the middle of a project. Nick is my puppy.)

So far I have made all of my children (yup, all 2 of them) a baby quilt. So there was no way I was going to skip out on Oskar. (despite the fact that we already have 10 million blankets in this house...) It does help that I firmly believe one can never have too many quilts. (I get my love of quilts from my mom) Although it's funny, as a kid I never would have guessed I would end up sewing just like my mom. (But I have nowhere near her brilliance when it comes to quilting.)

Anyway, I bought the book Handmade Beginnings by Anna Marie Horner a few months ago, mainly so I could have the pattern to this beauty:


Her Sixth Times the Charm Quilt. I fell in love with that quilt the first time I saw it so naturally I was soooo excited to make one myself.

And everything went beautifully until it came time to cut the triangles. And I realized I hadn't actually thoroughly read the pattern before jumping in. Or, at least all of the pattern. I read the first half really well, then skimmed the rest because I figured I could get the rest of the details when I got to that point. So when I sat down and read the rest of the pattern I realized I had missed a crucial part (in addition to some details not making sense, but after googling it found out there were a couple mistakes with the math so I wasn't as crazy as I thought I was). You see, what I had done up to that point I had to do two more times. Oops.

I did not have enough fabric cut out to make two more rectangles. Nor the time to cut more fabric and put everything all together. Not if I was going to be able to ship the quilt top off in time for my mom to quilt it before coming out to visit this summer.

So I had to figure out what to do. And I decided to use what I had and just make up my own design from where I was.


Yes, it required some math. And I pulled out my drafting triangles and graph paper and made templates and roped Rob in to help.

But I did it! I have a beautiful quilt top that I love! Granted, staying up as late as I did to get it done was not the best idea knowing I had a 7:30am doctor's appointment for Nick the next morning. Priorities, you know.

So, the moral of this story?  READ THE ENTIRE PATTERN FIRST.

And Sixth Times the Charm Quilt? I'm not giving up on you yet. I WILL have you someday.

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