Sunday, May 11, 2014
Not being Anna
Thimbleanna very kindly sent me a cot quilt kit some time ago. As ever, it took me a while to pluck up courage, and to find the time, to start it. (I'm certainly not the sort of person who can just do a block a night between having a bath and brushing my teeth. I need Long Periods of Free Time and then I have to wash the kitchen floor, email everyone I know and do some weeding first.) I did some cutting out and then life got in the way and it was some weeks before the wind was in the right direction and the constellations aligned appropriately for the rest of the cutting to happen. (And then of course I did some of it twice, having forgotten where I'd got to.)
Because my last (only) quilt's corners didn't all meet perfectly, I was extremely careful with the accuracy of my cutting. I thought I'd been careful last time but - hmm.
This is what it should eventually look like.
I've now assembled three of the nine-patch squares, or at least I've almost finished the third. I'm having a little break because I've just sewn one patch on back to front and am not pleased with myself. Anyway, even though I feel I'm being terribly careful with my quarter-inch seams, I can tell you now that my corners are still not all perfect. I'm ironing the seams of the strips in opposite directions and nestling them together but by the time they're sewn, some of them are - well, not horribly bad but not Anna-good. Is there a magic solution? Or does one just need to be a different person? (And would this different person also find playing the piano easier than I do?)
The accuracy of the cot quilt doesn't matter that much because I don't know of any impending babies and even if I did, I can't imagine any baby noticing slight imperfections in the joins. But it's annoying to try hard and still not get it quite right.
Son came home last night, which was nice, but now he's gone away again. However Daughter 1, Son-in-Law 1 and the grandchildren are coming back from Worcester tomorrow so I'm looking forward to seeing them.
And so another week begins.
Right, I'm off to rip that patch off and sew it on the right way. And then do some piano practice.