Monday, October 17, 2011
Perfection minus 1/8
The city quilt is at the opposite stage, it's all fresh like a field where it has gently snowed for the first time. (No, I am not trying to make it snow early this year, heck, it's just a metaphor!) The strips are all cut out and now I can start on the blocks. I took the first stack and sewed 4 black strips to 3 blue strips, being careful to change the end where I start the sewing to cut down on the curving of the fabric. I still got some, even after ironing like a crazy person. As I cut each 11" square, I evened up the strip so I would get a square that would lay nicely. However, these squares, I discovered, are not 11" but about 1/8" shy. I guess with all the cutting and sewing, I lost a tiny bit somewhere on each seam and so the block is a bit shy. But, it's OK as they will all be uniformly a bit smaller as I am doing all the sewing and did all the cutting. Times six blocks that is almost an inch I will lose on the quilt. Again, I think I have an inch to play with or I will make a little border or a large binding.
I never strive for perfection when I sew. I am a human being making them for people I love or myself! The little bits of human error make it handmade not computer generated or machine made. They were made by me, imperfect me. And I think I am off by more than 1/8"!