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Sunday, March 11, 2012

I Am On Brain Disconnect

Hi and a happy Sunday everyone. 
I am having problems today, I cannot seem to follow the simple steps and easy to follow instructions. 
I went over to visit with Jenny from Missouri Star Quilt Co. video tutorial attempting to find out how and why my little simple self binding Baby blanket didn't turn out.  Well duh, instead of using the square measurements as Jenny mentioned, I used a piece of flannel that was a rectangle and cut my backing to accommodate the rectangular shape.  Nope, it has to be a square.  Rectangles don't work. The first one I attempted to make didn't turn out, and I convinced myself that I had completed all of the steps but possibly cut the corners incorrectly. 
Below is a picture of the result of my first attempt, no self binding because I cut it down and embroidered around the outside edges. 
I really thought I could use the fabric as long as I stuck to the right measurements, not so, your fabric cut must be squared.  I simply didn't pick up on that the first try though.
Maybe sub-consciously I just wanted to try out the heart embroidery and not obey the rules for this cute pattern which is supposed to be so very easy, and it is, don't get me wrong, it is easy, but you have to follow the rules for it to turn out just right. 
Sew what do I attempt to do today, I decide to take another run at making a self binding receiving blanket and today began all over again.   I followed all of the steps but before cutting the corners this time, I turned it right side out and I can honestly tell you that I am useless at simple.   
See I am taking it apart, hopefully  getting it right this time!
I don't believe this, but it is absolutely true, I redid it and it is still wrong..... I cut it square but somewhere between the correct cutting and sewing I actually made another mistake - this is supposed to be SIMPLE, isn't it???  Well, when your me is takes a few mistakes before I actually get it!  I can see I cut the corners wrong this time because it certainly doesn't come out the way it is supposed to in Jenny's tutorial, she turned it right side out and it fell nice and flat with mitered corners so neat and tidy!
Mine certainly didn't behave that way!  Now I have another fine mess.
Time to put it away and leave well enough alone for the moment.  Seems like I have a brain disconnect, I don't follow instructions well (at least not this week!)
That's it for me today, two huge mistakes are two too many and so it is time to go back to something I can actually do.
Have you ever had such a problem with something that is so simple?  How can one person do something simple and make it so darned complicated.  
I must have a brain connectivity problem "simple" must mean complicated to me I guess. However I won't give up, I will learn from this and get it right yet!  I could understand making a mistake putting together a Bargello quilt, but this simple little blanket should not be a problem.
Now that I have cried on your shoulders I think it is time to stop what I was doing and hopefully tomorrow I can salvage something from this mess I made again.  Maybe leaving it for a few days and getting out one of my UFO's might get me back into the right frame of mind, ya think?  However, I remember it took me a long time and several mistakes learning how to miter corners on my quilt bindings too... 
Thanks for stopping by, I sincerely hope your day wasn't frustrating like I made mine out to be, and that you enjoy the rest of the day however long it is. 
Stay tuned for the St. Patrick's Day Blog Hops starting on March 17th, it is coming and I can almost guarantee a large Blogger participation and lots of super gifts to be given away. 

When the world says, "Give up," Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."  ~Author Unknown


  1. I have been having that problem for the last 2 days with foundation piecing. I got all the little scraps of fabric cut out, and then for some reason, I kept sewing them on wrong. I had to tear the stupid little thing apart twice yesterday, then I quit for the night. Then tried to get it finished tonight, and had to tear out seams 5 times tonight. I think that is the hardest thing I have ever tried to do. LOL

  2. Morning Lisa
    Sometime the hardest thing for many is to stand and walk from the project - leave it and find something different to do, possibly we should have done that?
    Good luck figuring out paper piecing. Lisa have you seen this video tutorial? Might help. Good luck with your learning curve, let me know how you get on. I am going to try again, just not today! my ego couldn't take it today. LOL

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