Thursday, February 15, 2007

I want to vacuum the floor . . .but I can't until I manage to get this assembled into a quilt top. I was going great guns on Tuesday, just sewing and sewing. Pieces fitting together so nicely. I had stopped the serial pinning and allowed the pieces to nest into one another -- it was beautiful. I was working on one last block before stopping to fix dinner. TaDa - done. I went to attach it to its row. Wait. That's not right - flip a quarter turn. Nope, still not right - turn again. Huh-uh - again with the turn. Nothing. One more flip and I'm right back where I started. Maybe this is where they came up with the name Trip Around The World. Some how I had managed to assemble the block completely backwards. I don't know how, but if it can be done -- I WILL do it. I just pushed it all aside and went to the kitchen.
On Wednesday using fresh eyes, I looked at it again to see if perhaps I had just put one row on the wrong end. (This idea came to me because I have done that little trick on a previous block) Couldn't be that simple. I had to take all the rows apart *phooey* and reassemble them. I picked it apart and laid it all out properly. Now I think I'm back in business.
I intend to devote the greatest amount of my time over the next few days to getting this top completely assembled. If I really put my nose to the grindstone, I hope to finish by Monday. Then, at long last, I can vacuum the floor.

29 comments:

meggie said...

Dont worry tooo much about vacuuming! LOL.
I spent yesterday afternoon frogging- I still cant believe I sewed all the blocks in the wrong sequence- & it is such an easy pattern. That will teach me to read it all properly, instead of lookinga the pictures!
Good luck with yours.

paula, the quilter said...

I hate when I do something like that! A real "Doh!" moment.

Screen Door said...

Put it off as long as possible--think about it... you have a REASON for not doing housework...

McIrish Annie said...

Oh Libby, that is definitely something I have done before. Makes you want to cry! And what a great reason not to do housework!!

I think those "lil' bits" are staging a mutiny!LOL.

Diana said...

oooh, how frustrating! And just when they were going together so well. Vacuuming can always wait, though!

Dawn said...

What am I getting myself into!!!!!!!!

Carol said...

Oh my goodness...I ordered the pattern...I think I must be nuts. Well we'll just have to count on you to tell us all the tricks. I just love it....but am really worried about my ability to keep everything organized.

Sweet P said...

You must not have any children or dogs that you can leave your quilting on the floor!

I hate frogging. Luckily I haven't had to do much lately.

Fiona said...

Stick with it! The floor can wait.

Forgetmenot said...

What a fab excuse for not vacuuming! And what a lot of sewing. It's going to be beautiful-quite a heavy top I would think? What size are your pieces?

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

What a shame you had to undo all the blocks. At least enjoy the excuse not to vaccuum.

Chris said...

You need a design wall.

Jane Ann said...

Reading your frustration, I was struck with the insight that this is probably how Rubik came up with his Cube!

I feel your pain....

Bonnie said...

Oh my - the dog must not be allowed in that room. And you must have the patience of a saint to work with those endless little pieces. But your persistence will yield a magnificent quilt!

Susie said...

Now I need an excuse like this to avoid vacuuming! Yours will have a much more beautiful end result then mine (which is usually the cat flopped in the middle of the carpet!
:)

Cynthia said...

what a nuisance when you find you've sewn something wrong. Try not to worry about the vacuuming until you've finished fixing the problem with the quilt.

Wendy said...

Oh no...so many tiny pieces. The pieces would be all out of order with my cat walking and rolling around playing with them.

Judy said...

I thought I had commented about this...you are a glutton for punishment aren't you? That picture makes me laugh. Poor thing! You can come vacuum my floors if you feel the itch that badly!!

Keep working...you will prevail!!

qwltnfool said...

Oh My Goodness!! all those little pieces and a big dog LOL!! Just the tail wag would probably spell disaster! Can't wait to see the finished product. Love your puppy :>)

Shelina said...

Yep, that would be me, putting the pieces in the wrong place. Luckily you caught the error. That is why I try to stick with simple block quilts.

Finn said...

Hi Libby, how wonderful to hear what a nice time you had..*VBS* And that some sewing got done..LOL
Never been in Vegas, but I have that very same impression of it...all play. Of course the locals have to live, but how easy it is to forget that part.

I'm sooooo sorry to hear you had a stint with Jack the Ripper. He made a nasty appearance in my TATW table topper also. Luckily, it was smaller to take apart. I have so much trouble with mirror images, it's like my brain is on a single track with no switchback!! Stars on your forhead for getting it all un-stitched! Hugs, Finn

Jeanne said...

Oh, I feel your pain! I'm glad you are determined to continue with the project. I may have chucked it into the corner for a few months. Good luck on the re-sew.

joyce said...

It sounds like nobody likes vacuuming. Lol. I don't either but if those were my tiny pieces I wouldn't be vacuuming for months. It's a good thing I have a studio just for sewing. Nobody sees it unless I invite them out there. It's going to be a fabulous quilt when you are finished.

Esteemarlu said...

Boy, have I done that before. Seeing so many pieces on your floor makes me feel a panic attack coming on. I'm proud of you for not giving up. I might have gotten to stressed and put the whole thing into a bag and in a closet. Please show it to us when you're done. The colors look beautiful.

Lois R. said...

You go, Girl!

Judy said...

me! The edge of your quilt has thousands of tiny red squares on point! What one earth do you do with that? Do you chop off the edges? If they had small triangles you would have sewn those on before assembling right?

Oh lord you are a glutton for punishment aren't you my friend!!

Judy said...

Should read:

Something just hit me!

lappemor said...

I always stress the need for CHOCOLATE for those moments to my quilt class :) (Chocolate helps for everything...) I'm sure your quilt will be perfect, and your floor will get vacumed one of these days...

tootsiesmom said...

You were right to walk away and look at it with fresh eyes. And after all, vacuuming is not all that is cracked up to be! haha