Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Technical Difficulties

"It's just a bunch of half-square triangles. How hard could that be?" That's what I said to myself when I saw the quilt and decided to sign up for the class. Well let me tell you folks, it's a heck of a lot harder than it looks.

The fact that Milah didn't hold me down and pound little knots all over my head for getting us into this mess during our class yesterday is a testament to her good nature. We had our poor instructor, Kay, hopping trying to fix our blocks. In our defense we both had some technical difficulties with our machines. At first my Janome Jem was smooshing my 1/4 inch foot so it was more like a 3/8 inch foot. Then Milah's featherweight didn't want to cooperate at all.


Tell me she doesn't look like she's thinking "OMG, where did these women come from?" in this picture.

By the end of the three hour class, after resolving our technical problems, telling more than a few funny stories, eating lots of chocolate and having a few hot flashes we still didn't have a completed block. We did however notice if we combined our pieces together it at least looked like we accomplished something. We make a good team. Just not a particularly efficient one. :)

11 comments:

Milah said...

Poor Kay is right! I think she plans to retire now. ;D

You had to go and mention those hotflashes. You should have gotten a picture of that! LOL!

Lori said...

Ah, yes, the instructor does look like she is wondering what these two ladies are up to!?! Sounds like a great day of laughs together!

Julie-Ann said...

Well, at least you had a lot of chocolate!

The "almost" blocks look great.

Moneik said...

Looks like you had lots of fun, even if you didn't get much accomplished. Your combined effort block looks great.

Karen said...

I like the quilt design the way the centers of the blocks are turned different ways to make a pinwheel design. Sorry you had so many woes trying to piece it. I haven't taken a class in many years but always found I sewed better at home after the class was over. Don't give up!

Nara Malone said...

I can build a computer from scratch but sewing machines don't obey me very well either. Your teacher looks scared.

melanie said...

What you have so far is very nice...tell me, does it make a huge difference the ORDER you sew the little triangles/squares together? (I mean according to the "professionals") I have always wanted to try a quilt, but am afraid my inability to follow a "straight path" would screw me up. I always seem to find other ways to put the pieces together...like I see a different pattern than everyone else...even if the end results look similar...

Christine said...

Melanie,

Yes, there is more than one way to skin a cat, but in quilting it's best to skin it "properly" if you want it to come out right. Seems to be my biggest issue. I would have put this one together entirely different than what we were just taught.

Jen said...

Oh man, two words...triangle paper. I swear by it.

Giggle, I think you two would be a riot and a half in a class.

Jen said...

Ohhh, have you seen this fabric? It totally reminds me of our facebook farms. Specifically the ones with the Farm- sku. NOt the lower ones.

http://www.ttfabrics.net/cgi-bin/fabricshop/gallery.cgi?func=search&desc=&dim=&price=&itemc=&itemt=&man=&mat=&searchterm=farm&Category=&View=All&v=1

crazypatch dreamer said...

I love that quilt and look forward to seeing your finished version. You inspired me to find it and buy it online. I like your blog, too. Louise