Thursday, December 3, 2015

Mistakes Along the Way!

 Buongiorno, Amici!

I made my half-square triangles by cutting 2 1/2" strips for my grey and neutral fabrics.  This is where I made my first mistake...

I forgot to divide by 2.  Yes, I cut 20 grey strips down to 600+ 2 1/2" squares.  I like to have some room to just toss something aside if it doesn't work, but this is a bit much!

My second mistake I found this morning as I was sewing the second seam for my HSTs.

This looks innocent enough, don't you think?
But, NO! There are three layers to this one!  Okay, I won't beat myself up over this as it was the only one that grabbed a buddy along the way.

This morning I realized that this project may wreak havoc with my lovely, type A personality.

I couldn't walk away form pressing all of these open.  
I was sorting them into groups and knew that there should be 10 to a group (except for that little guy that's on the buddy system.)

I'm using Grandma Edie's's arm got tired, but could I walk away?
Nope, not me!

Now they are all pressed and I can drop back to working with smaller groups.
I can trim them down in groups of ten.
One thing I haven't decided for sure is whether to keep the stars in the mix.  I kind of like the softer look of the other fabrics and might just add a few more of my favorites.

You can join in the fun by visiting Bonnie at Quiltville's Quips & Snips and look for the Allietare Mystery! tab!

And that's where I'm at today!


  1. Well, maybe we'll need 2 1/2 inch squares for a component yet to come? Then look how far ahead you'll be!

  2. Love your material! Mistakes can make us improve our quilting techniques. We all learn something and also something for our fellow quilters. Enjoy the journey!

  3. Great job on getting them done! I love the fabric of your ironing board cover!

  4. No other quilter has made those mistakes. LOL!! Join the club.
    In the photo the stars do stand out. Last year I changed a major fabric because it just wasn't working with the others.

  5. We all make booboo''s my trademark! great units.

  6. Oh those double layer blocks...bane of my life :) We may not be finished with these yet, in the Cotton Boll mystery I think we had to make nearly 700.

  7. 700? lol..I'm still on 100! Love the softness of the neutrals too! Great job..tag along and all! Happy Quilting