Sunday, 16 December 2012

When all else fails read the instructions.........

I had some time at the sewing machine yesterday, and thought I'd get the piecing started for the zipper bag I've been working on from Anni Downs' Simple Life book.  So I happily joined all my little mini charm squares and then wondered why they looked like this bag would be enormous........ turns out I was meant to be using 1 1/2" squares, not 2 1/2".   That saying about measuring twice and cutting once...... it is absolutely right, you usually do have to cut at least once....... rather than not at all!  NOT happy - next time I will be more careful  and actually READ the instuctions!


I also got Block 6 of the FQS BOM together, all up to date now, and ready for Block 7 to land in my mailbox.  This block was designed by Kate Spain and is called 'Town Square'. 

Running a little behind with these two November blocks for the Scrappy Stars Sew Along that Terry has been inspiring ........ check out her stars all made up into a top already.

  

And finally this is the ornament I sent to Cheryl in Chookyblues SSCS exchange ........ it is the 2010 Snowman by Lizzie Kate.

I was so sad to hear of the tragedy in Connecticut, my thoughts and good wishes are with all in the US.  


Till next time............ happy stitching.........Nicky

28 comments:

Susan said...

Maybe the zipper bag will have a bigger sized sister. Isn't it annoying when you do that, at least you haven't cut the squares too small. Your ornament is lovely.

Josie said...

Had to have a little giggle over the measure twice cut once thing... our mantel piece is testimony to that. If only Mac had followed the rule we wouldn't have a 'squint' fireplace! You just can't unpick cement!! You are doing amazing work on your block projects... I'm so impressed.

Josie said...

Ooop's..... forgot to say the say your little snowman ornament is adorable...

Christine M said...

Everything is gorgeous Nicky. I love your scrappy stars.

Kath said...

Enlarge the stitchery pattern Nicky and make a bigger bag. We all go through these things lol.

Looking lovely despite the glitch. I hve this wee book in my stash too, and will work a few things this year from it.

Jeanette said...

How frustrating for you but at least they weren't to small. :) The ornament is very lovely. Love your blocks. Hugs,

Jeanette said...

How frustrating for you but at least they weren't to small. :) The ornament is very lovely. Love your blocks. Hugs,

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Hello

Amazing stitching - again!

Love those star blocks.

Linda

Schulz Family said...

I thought that it was men who did not read instructions - lol:). This happens to me all the time, I am so pleased that someone else has struck it!!!

Charlie and Wendy said...

I'm sure the zipper bag will be perfect when you get it done! Your stars are lovely and the snowman is adorable.

StitchCat said...

Awesome ornament Nicky. I have done the oversize cutting thing myself at times, and realised I have cut the hugest piece of material that was really unnecessary. Don't know what i was thinking :-)

Jindi's Cottage said...

Instructions? Read???? Really? I was making the sewing bag out of the SKoW book and for once read the instructions very very carefully...and still managed to end up without lining! *sigh* Your ornament to Cheryl (who has sent to me this year!) is gorgeous...I finally got to put up the Christmas Tree today and so I am enjoying your gorgeous ornament from last year again :)

Annie said...

My whole crafty life is spent correcting me errors it seems, espevially cutting ones! I consider it a challenge to do the recovery. But i get just as annoyed as you are every time!

Your blocks look verry pretty and I'm sure Cheryl just loves that snowman.

Leanne said...

Lots of pretty projects for you to work on, I love them all. Your cross stitch ornament is beautiful,I haven't done cross stitch in such a long time.

shez said...

i love this bag cant wait to see it finished Nicky,lol,i think we have all made that mistake,your blocks are gorgeous and wow that snowman is awesome,lucky Cheryl.xx

Leeanne said...

Oh well, you just have a bigger bag! We all do stuff like that ....don't we??

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hi Nicky
That's a good lesson for me to learn as I'm about to embark on my first patchwork project in the new year!

I visited the library today and came away with a couple of books - hopefully they're straight forward!
Don't be surprised if I drop you an email for some advice!

Thanks for popping into my blog today.
Joyeux Noël
Shane ♥

Terry said...

I love your star blocks! I'm glad you're still making them! Love the snowman ornie too! :0)

Raewyn said...

Oh dear about the squares.... are you going to make a bigger bag... or start again? Your blocks look so good - just love those stars!! And your snow ornament is so beautiful, a lovely exchange gift.

Fiona said...

ooooops... you will find something to do with the bigger squares but I hope you have enough of the pretty fabric to make the bag.... love your blocks and scrappy stars are on my list for 2013...
Hugz

Maria said...

Beautiful work Nicky - your patchwork is so perfect. The snowman is lovely.

Maria said...

Beautiful work Nicky - your patchwork is so perfect. The snowman is lovely.

Carol said...

It's always so frustrating to make mistakes like that Nicky--the good thing is we have all done silly things in our crafting at one time or another (and then we often make the same mistake again!!)...

Your patchwork looks amazing, though, and I do love the adorable ornament you finished :) Wishing you a most happy Christmas with your family!!

Anthea said...

Oh I'm glad I'm not the only duffer who makes those sorts of errors Nicky, can you make something of the panels anyway?
The quilt blocks are great, the accuracy of such stitching boggles my mind!

Tatkis said...

Wonderful star blocks, and your stitched ornament is so cute!
Good luck with the bag next time :)

Hugs,
Tatyana

Chookyblue...... said...

the cutting mistake is something I would do.........lol.........lovely ornament for the SSCS......

Deb R said...

Your ornament is lovely! I miscut at times too lol

Suzanne said...

I am glad that I am not the only one who does things like this! All your projects are looking great. Love the snowman ornament you received.

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