Monday, November 8, 2010

Mistakes Again & Again!!

"Write on your heart that every day is the best day of the year"
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

How was your weekend?  How is your Monday going?  Today is going to be 'the best day of the year'!  My weekend was very busy but I got to spend it with my DH so it was all good!  Today, I don't have any specific plans.  Enjoy the quiet (except when my house cleaner is here), do some sewing, and just plain be productive.  Watch out world!  It's Monday and I'm ready to take on the week!!



This is a sundial that my Mother gave to my DH many years ago.

A sundial is a device that measures time by the position of the Sun. In common designs such as the horizontal sundial, the sun casts a shadow from its style ( a thin rod or a sharp, straight edge).  As the sun moves across the sky, the shadow-edge progressively aligns with different hour-lines on the plate. Such designs rely on the style being aligned with the axis of the Earth's rotation. Hence, if such a sundial is to tell the correct time, the style must point towards the true north (not the north magnetic pole or south magnetic pole) and the style's angle with horizontal must equal the sundial's geographical latitude.  Our sundial must not be aligned with true north as it never tells the correct time, especially when the sun is behind the clouds like it was on picture day!


I sat down at the sewing machine on Friday planning on making one block - just one simple block.  The second block in the Thread Head Quilt Along.  I had already made one of the same pattern - no problems, went together easily.  Well, as I was getting ready to upload the picture to the flickr group I thought 'boy there's a lot of glare in that picture'.  Then on closer inspection I noticed that I had put one of the blocks in sideways!  OMG!  I can't believe I did that...............................

See the bottom center block?  It is side ways - sort of makes it look like a bouqet of flowers - lol!

So, ripped out the three sides and decided to take a break and grab a bite of lunch, look at the mail and read a few of my favorite blogs.  Went back to the sewing machine where the block was waiting to be sewed back together..............

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT THE H!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I RIPPED OUT THE WRONG FREAKIN' SQUARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So I put that square back where it belonged and ripped out the square on the opposite side. 

Finally!!!  The block was completed correctly.  At this point I quit sewing for the day!!

Here is the same block that I had made out of different fabric on Thursday.

By the way, this block is called 'Contrary Wife'.  (I really need to find some place different to take my pictures.  There is too much glare when I take them on my sewing machine table top - sorry)


I received my second swap block from Leena on Friday.  This is for the Quilting Blocks Swaps Australia.  I selected my blocks to be made in the "Blazing Arrows" pattern and made in blue and/or green with white.

Aren't the colors gorgeous!  Thank you Leena!


I also managed to complete another Project Linus afghan. 

I did this one more with a little boy in mind.  I started my next one Thursday evening - red this time!



Another GO! giveaway.  Lavender Ridge is giving away an Aququilt GO! Cutter.  This giveaway ends November 10th!!

My daughter, Megan, is having a giveaway to celebrate her 150 post and for having over 150 followers.  Visit her blog, Kitschy Suburbia, to check out this nail related giveaway.  Final day to enter is November 27th.   

Everyday Beautiful is have a Big Shoppe Giveaway!  There will 4 winners for this great giveaway.  Last day to enter is Thursday, November 11th.

Don't forget to enter my "80th Post Celebration Giveaway"!!  You have two chances to enter and could be the big winner of 2 1/3 yards of fabric.  This giveaway ends November 16th.  Good luck!!


Do you have a favorite place to spend time in your home?  Mine is just about anywhere there is a comfortable chair, my pups, and my DH when he is home.  Some times that is in front of my sewing machine.  Other times it's in front of the computer reading all of the great blogs out there.  And, then there is always the comfort of the recliner in the living room where I can put my legs up and do some hand stitching.  I do have to agree with the following quote......................

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.
~Jane Austen

Here's hoping for a comfortable and productive week!!


Jen said...

Happy Monday! Sounds like that block should be named Contrary Block! Love it though!

Needled Mom said...

I am so glad that someone else makes the same mistakes that I do. Grrr. Both blocks look great.

Cheryl said...

The block certainly was contrary! Looks beautiful now. I make the same mistake over and over and over again when I make this one tulip block. I always just laugh!

Maria said...

Oh yeh I did that only last week.
Love both of the blocks.
It is fun being in the Aussie swap.

Lisa said...

Hi Linda. I can certainly understand your frustrations over your block mistakes, I think we've all done this type of thing before...some of us do this often :)
My last quilt went well until it came to the binding, I mitered the ends of the binding backwards not once, but twice!
Your block came out lovely!

Julia said...

I totally identify with making the mistakes. I'm making a little shirt for my grandson. He's finally big enough that there is actually a pattern for a dress shirt for him. When I finally got the collar band and collar on i realized that there's no way that it would fit around his neck. what did I do wrong? I'm still not sure, but I'm going back to doing it my way rather than the way of the pattern.
Your blocks are amazing!
I would love to know how to crochet a blanket like that. I do know some about crocheting, but I don't know the names of stitches or how to read a pattern.

Sunnybec said...

Oh what a bummer. The blocks look lovely I really like the dark blue one. Linda

Megan Harmeyer said...

You ripped out the wrong freakin' square! That made me LOL. *sigh* ANYway...the end result will look good. Thanks for the link to my giveaway! I've had a *bunch* of entries already. :)

Vesuviusmama said...

Your mistakes made me laugh out loud - been there, done that! Glad to know I'm not the only Contrary Wife who makes those kinds of mistakes!

Sandy said...

I so glad I am not the only one that sews block in backwards, sideways and very direction but the right way. What gets me, you don't notice it till you take a picture. Good thing we all take pictures of our quilts before we start to quilt them.

Mary Lou Casada said...

Linda, I'm not laughing AT you, I'm laughing WITH you! LOL Been there, done that and didn't even get a stinking t-shirt!!! :-D The final result -- all that anyone else will see!! -- is all good!!
I like your Jane Austen quote!! There's no place like home!
Mary Lou

joe tulips said...

I took a quick peek this afternoon during rest time in the preschool. That wasn't a good idea, I was laughing outloud while reading it.
I didn't wake anyone. I am so glad you shared that...we have all done something like this, I am sure!!

Talin's Corner said...

Your blocks look great. It doesn't matter how many times you have to un-sew as long as you get it right in the end, right?

Melody said...

Hi Linda, what a great post with so much to share. I identified with you so much, as taking out the wrong section of the block is just the sort of thing I would do.

crafty pug said...

the block certaintly tested your patience - well done for getting through! love the sundial too

Jeanette said...

Oh, I was just giggling reading your post, that sounds just like something I would do!!!

And thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you do get to make a mug rug this week! They are addicting and gratifying because you can make them, start to finish, in a short ammount of time.

In fact, I made another one today, need to take some pictures and blog about it =0)

Melissa said...

I have so made those same mistakes! It always amazes me when I look at what I've done. How could I not notice that!?

Brigitte said...

I've always enjoyed the Contrary Wife block because it looks good in any fabric.

Wendy said...

Oh, you made me laugh too...the wrong freakin' block...! I have ripped out the "right" one before only to re-sew it and find I'd sewn it the "wrong" way again! But, like I always tell my students...everyone makes mistakes. Finding your mistakes and correcting them is where the real learning takes place. Sometimes you have to correct more than once!

Connie said...

Loved reading about you ripping the stitches out of the wrong side...........really gave me a giggle! Of course I've done that a...few times myself.

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