Friday, May 29, 2009

Cottage Project "Challenge" Quilt

You may recall I filled the Carol bag and took a quilting project to the cottage.
Of the 28 squares I need to complete, I managed to get eight done.
However, it was one of those patterns (geared for a Beginner I might add) that as soon as I read it I thought “this ain’t right”!
My first inkling was this direction for the first inner border…

Measure the length of the quilt top and cut (2) strips to that length. Sew strips to the sides of the quilt. Measure the width of the quilt, including the borders just added, and cut (2) strips to that length. Sew strips to the top and bottom of the quilt. Measure the width of the panel plus the added border strips and cut (2) strips to this length. Sew to the top and bottom of the panel. (huh???)In the same manner, add the outer border…

Okay, I still consider myself an advanced beginner but even I knew this was not quite right. In the photo the inner border does not look doubled up anywhere. At least I know enough to ignore what I highlighted above.

But then came the piecing of the blocks – they are supposed to be 10 ½” each but mine all turned out 10”. When I added the first border I immediately had to trim a ¼” off and for the life of me can’t figure out what went wrong. On paper the cutting directions look right and I checked my ¼” seam (which I have to do with this particular machine). Seems like I was following directions – but every single one turned out the same.

Oh well, I think it will still turn out cute (and scrappy).
Just need to be sure it does not become a UFO as I have sworn I will only use what is in my stash and refuse to buy new material for it. Will let you know!


  1. Hi Sis
    That is so pretty! I don't think it looks scrapy....but then again I'm not a quilter! BTW the quilt that you gave Andy has turned out to be a perfect match for Josh's newly painted room. The only problem is that I can't put it on his bed until Sept when he goes back to school. What's up with that!!? Until then, it is safely tucked away. Hope you are still able to come home on the 7th!
    J xoxo

  2. Your cottage project is great, Julie. I wouldn't worry about the difference in size as long as all the blocks are consistent it should all come together perfectly. Kind of looks a little bit like a log cabin block or courthouse steps. Very pretty! Carol

  3. I agree with Carol, if they are consistant your blocks will all be just fine. Trim if you have too. With the economy like it is, it is in all of the quilt magazines to use what you have and make scrappy quilts until your stash goes way down. However, this weekend i was in Traverse City and the quilt-n-bee store had fabrics 20 % off your total purchase. Needless to say......